“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries


Valerie Lucille Rifkin
December 6, 1949 – April 29, 2022
Valerie Lucille Rifkin, wife, mother, Nana and friend to many, died peacefully at her home on April 29, 2022. She was born to Lucille and Walter Gibb on December 6, 1949. After graduating from high school, Valerie went to school to become a radiation technician where she worked and cared for many, including oncology patients, the ones most near and dear to her heart. She later married Robert G. Lau and had three beautiful daughters. After moving to Maryland with her family, Valerie changed careers to become a medical transcriptionist where she worked for many local providers in the Easton area. When living in Florida Valerie worked at Pompano Park where she held a management position. After her retirement she continued her love caring for oncology patients as a volunteer for Talbot Hospice.
In her lifetime, Valerie was known for her love of reading; crocheting blankets for her beloved friends, family and the local obstetrics unit; her competitive spirit for play cards and board games; cooking for her family; jarring jams and jelly to share; driving her grandchildren around in “Nana’s Taxi”; putting together puzzles, Legos and diamond art; and floating around the pool with a book in hand.
Her loving spirit is carried on by husband Neil M. Rifkin, whom she married on July 5, 2002, her daughters Melissa L. Connolly, Heather V. Westerfield (Eddie) and Barbara D. Lau, grandchildren Owen J. Connolly, Isabella G. Westerfield and Lucy Busbee as well as numerous family members and close friends.
Valerie is predeceased by her parents and her brother Richard Gibb. Funeral Services will be private.

Mr. William “Bill” Alvin Clark Sr.
June 4, 1936 – April 30, 2022
William “Bill” Alvin Clark, Sr., 85 years old, of Chestertown, son of William Edward and Edith Hurd Clark, passed away on April 30, 2022. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Ethel, in 2016 after 59 years of marriage.
He was born on June 4, 1936, sharing a birth month and day with a granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Bill was a graduate of Chestertown High School, class of 1956. He was employed as Produce Manager at Acme Markets for 31 years. Upon retirement from Acme, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for David A. Bramble Construction for 10 years, as well as a truck driver for Clark’s Seafood, a family business, before finally retiring.
He was a member of the Chestertown Elks Lodge # 2474; a past member and volunteer of the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad; and a former member of the Kent Go-Cart Club, where he and his wife participated in races in their early years.
He enjoyed hunting, crabbing, working in his vegetable garden and growing roses.
He is survived by two sons, William A. Clark, Jr. “Cody” (Cindy), Philip Clark (Patty) of Chestertown; and two daughters, Marietta Raleigh (Dickie Larrimore), of Chestertown, and Cheryl Schauber (David) of Cambridge, MD. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

William F. Brown Sr.
June 15, 1930 – April 30, 2022

Barbara C. Kinnamon
May 22, 1943 – May 1, 2022
Barbara C. Kinnamon of Easton, passed away on May 1st at UMSMC at Easton. She was 78 years old.
Barbara was born in Easton on May 22nd, 1943, to the late Harry and Ester Conrad.
Following high school she worked on the farm, before taking a position with McCord’s Laundry, where she worked for 25 years. Following her time at McCord’s, Barbara went on to work cleaning houses before finally retiring.
Barbara was very caring and loved to take care of her family. Whether making them laugh with her wonderful sense of humor, being there to care and comfort anyone who needed it, or just taking care of the family home, she was always there when you needed her. Barbara was also very crafty and loved jigsaw puzzles.
Barbara is survived by her high school sweetheart, and husband of 57 years, Ray A. Kinnamon Sr. of Easton, and her son, Ray A. Kinnamon, Jr., and his wife Linda, of Searcy, AR. She is also survived by three siblings.

Paul Raymond Partridge II
December 7, 1974 – May 2, 2022
Paul Raymond Partridge II died peacefully in his Glen Burnie home on May 2, 2022. He was 47 Years old.
Paul was born on December 7, 1974 in Pahokee Florida to Paul Raymond Partridge Sr. and Miriam Lorraine (Browning) Partridge.
He was a gentle giant who was the apple of his mother's eye. He was an avid gamer. He was very vocal with his political views. He proudly worked at the TSA at BWI airport for over 20 years.
Mr. Partridge was preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his
sister Vi Renee Wallace (Jim); his niece Amanda Swindell (Jimmy); nephews Tyler James Wallace, Hunter Paul Wallace and Connor Page Wallace; great-nephew Larson James Swindell and great-niece Layla Kate Swindell.

Betty Ann Short
February 3, 1948 – May 3, 2022
Betty Ann Short of Chestertown, MD went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 surrounded by her family at her home. She was 74.
Betty Ann was born Feb 3, 1948 in Chester County, PA the daughter of the late John W. Carey and Aldorah “Stewart” Carey. After marrying the late Robert W. Short, they moved to Maryland where Betty Ann spent most of her life taking care of and raising her family. She was the rock of the family and the glue that helped hold it together. She loved drinking coffee, eating chicken and ice cream and always making sure you never left her house hungry. Her faith and love were synonymous and she always supported her family in their worst times.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Short, one son, Joseph W. Short and two brothers, Bobby and Cliffy.
She is survived by one son, Richard Wayne Short (Tammy) of Millington, MD, one daughter, Connie Lynn Robinson (Billy) of Church Hill, MD, three sisters, Cleo, Shirley, Norah and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Pauline Spicer
October 16, 1928 – May 4, 2022
Pauline K. Spicer passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, surrounded by family. She was born on October 16, 1928, in Delmar, DE, to the late Omar T. and Essie L. (Roberts) Kelley. Pauline graduated from Dover High School in 1946 and from Wesley Junior College in 1948.
On June 25, 1949, she married Arnold Spicer, an avid athlete who served in the Delaware National Guard becoming Major before he retired. She was a devoted homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. They were married for 70 years before he preceded Mrs. Spicer in death in April of 2020.
Her life was a busy one as she served as: leader of a Girl Scout troop (Wyoming, DE), a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton, a member of the Ladies of the Elks 1622, a member of the Talbot Senior Center, and a member of the Talbot Homemakers Club. Mrs. Spicer loved arts and crafts and enjoyed bowling, traveling, and playing Bridge. She also served as a volunteer at Easton Memorial Hospital’s Commission Shop. As the family genealogist, Mrs. Spicer spent a lot of time tracing her family tree all the way back to the early 1600’s. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Mrs. Spicer was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold N. Spicer; son, Brent K. Spicer of Easton, MD; and sister, Margaret K. Goeke of Smyrna, DE. She is survived by: daughter, Jane Spicer Hack of Hershey, PA (Todd); daughter-in-law, Nancy W. Spicer of Lehigh, FL; granddaughter, Nikole K. Henry of Palmyra, PA (Shawn); great-granddaughter, Abigail M. Henry; and many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her and by the many lives she has touched over the years.

William Lowe Messick
December 24, 1949 – May 5, 2022
On Tuesday, May 5, 2022, the Lord rejoiced as another lost sheep was returned to His flock, for William Lowe Messick of Queenstown, MD was received by Christ this day. The celebration included his parents Glenn & Mary, sister Betsy & her husband Benny, his brother Johnny, and many beloved family members and friends that have gone before him.
Bill was born on Christmas Eve in 1949. He would grow up to be a fun-loving, generous, and extremely courageous man. He was a mason and a “motorhead.” Billy was known for his “jokester” ways and the twinkle of mischief in his eyes. Like all members of his family, Bill would gladly give you the shirt off his back- and even a spare or two- to anyone in need.
Billy showed pride in his country and immense bravery the day he volunteered to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Multiple times he put himself in harm’s way to save the lives of his fellow Americans. His heroism was rewarded with the following tokens of appreciation: a Sharpshooter’s Qualification Badge, two Overseas Service Bars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 60 Device), the Army Commendation Medal, and the Bronze Star. Billy should have been awarded the Purple Heart, like so many other vets who have come home with invisible wounds.
His young life would be forever scarred by PTSD and other psychological issues from his experiences in Vietnam. Bill may have come back alive from the War, but it killed the man he was inside before he left. Despite all this, Billy never lost the twinkle in his eyes, his mischievous grin, or his giving heart.
Bill leaves behind his sister-in-law Phyllis, as well as many nieces and nephews and their spouses; Dawn, Suellen (Chris), Suzanne (Kenny), Tina (Bill), Michelle (Tom), & John III (Karim); great nieces and nephews – Amanda, Jessica, Tori, Krystal, Billy, Michael, Tyler, Joshua, Johnny IV, Jasmin, Josie, Kristopher, Kaden & another Krystal; as well as great – great nieces and nephews- Braxton, Tesla, Zoey, Liam, Jase, and Everly.

Paul Herbert Hayes
June 19, 1956 – May 5, 2022
Paul Herbert Hayes of Easton, died on Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at his home. He was 65.
Born on June 19th, 1956, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Charles Hayes, Sr. and the late Mary Margaret Hooker Hayes.
Following high school, Paul worked for Maryland Cup as a press man. Paul enjoyed all sports, including shooting pool and cheering on the Ravens and Orioles. Paul also loved life on the Eastern Shore, especially crabbing and fishing. He was loved by his family and friends.
Paul is survived by his daughters, Christina Cugle (Jeremy) and grandson Mason, and Ashley Mohlhenrich (Travis) and grandsons Max and Brooks. He is also survived by his brothers; Charles Hayes, Jr. of Falls Church, VA, Irvin W. Hayes (Kathleen) of Easton, Vincent M. Hayes (Connie) of Easton, and David Hayes (Dawn) of Alaska. He is also survived by his sister, Teresa Haslup (Thomas) of Easton and his many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Ricky Hayes and his favorite uncle, Louis Hooker.

Mary Lenora Yewell
November 18, 1962 – May 6, 2022

Carolyn Asay Vance
January 27, 1938 – May 8, 2022

Joan Taylor
March 30, 1943 – May 8, 2022
Joan Russ Taylor, 79, of Easton, MD died peacefully at her daughter’s home, May 8, 2022, after a long battle with lung cancer. She was born March 30, 1943, to Clarence Henry Russ and Sylvia Rosalie Spence Russ.
Joan graduated from Easton High School in 1961. Following graduation, she began her career with Bell Atlantic and later Verizon until her retirement in 1984. In 1969 she gave birth to her daughter Kimberly and from that moment, the two were inseparable. Always together, they were two peas in a pod.
In February 1998, Kim gave birth to twins, Kadey and Grayson Pfister making Joan a devoted, doting Grandma. They were her world, and she treasured every moment with them.
Joan loved to entertain, finding any reason to host a cocktail or dinner party. She loved to be surrounded by friends and family.
Joan is survived by her husband of 40 years, Clinton D. Taylor, her daughter Kim and husband Paul Smith, grandchildren Kadey and Grayson, as well as Clinton’s sons Neil and Scott Taylor.

Arthur Wearn Shelby Jr.
July 18, 1929 – May 10, 2022
Arthur Wearn Shelby, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022 in Easton MD.
Arthur was born in Hopewell, Virginia on July 17, 1929 to Arthur Wearn Shelby, Sr. and Rebecca Temple Shelby. After graduating high school, he attended and graduated from Virginia Tech, joined the Army, and then married his high school sweetheart, Louise Harrison Birchett.
After his service in the Army, he worked as a computer salesman supporting numerous US Government organizations.
He was a faithful member of the Methodist church in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland and served on many church committees. He also sang with the choir along with Louise for many years.
Art and Louise traveled extensively and they both love spending time with family. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Along with his parents, Arthur is predeceased by his sister Rebecca S. McCall.
He is survived by his wife Louise B. Shelby of Easton MD, son Mason T. Shelby and Kim D. Hawkins of Chester, MD, son David A. Shelby and Allison C. Shelby, of Vienna VA, grandchildren Austin T. Shelby, Jordan T. Shelby, Mason D. Shelby and Samuel H. Shelby and several great grandchildren.