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CUMBERLAND CHARLENE HARDING CUMBERLAND Passed peacefully on July 8, 2013. Charlene Harding Cumberland was born January 5, 1927 to Lois Talbert Harding and William Brewster Harding in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She graduated from Hyattsville High School and attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where she earned B.A. and M.S. degrees, followed by further study at Cornell University. She married John Cumberland in 1948. While her husband was studying for his doctorate at Harvard University, she worked for three years at Perkins Institution for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, where she taught cooking and home management to blind, high school-aged girls. She was also the school dietitian. Upon returning to the Washington area, she taught Home Economics at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD and later was a Nationally Certified Counselor at High Point High School for nearly twenty years. She retired in 1985. She is survived by her husband, John Cumberland; their only child, Laurence William Brewster Cumberland, and his wife RoxAnne Riddle Cumberland; four grandchildren, Joe and Emily Cumberland, Sally Cumberland Brown and her husband Geoff Brown, and Cherrie Webb and her husband Chris Webb; and two great-grandchildren, Erin and Kate Webb. She is also survived by her sister Emily LaCivita and her children, Edson Beall, Nina Krzysko, and Anne Luzier, as well as their spouses and seven great-nieces and nephews. Her genealogical organizations include the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She traveled widely as she accompanied her husband to international meetings and spent 14 months living in Paris while her husband served as consultant to the Director of OECD in 1959-60. She and her husband restored historic Preston on Patuxent and made it their home for more than 49 years. They later restored and enjoyed Ellerslie, another historic home, in Port Tobacco, MD. They spent many summers sailing to all points of the Chesapeake Bay on their 38' sloop "Peregrine", often joined by family and friends. In retirement she served as President of the Calvert Garden Club and became a Flower Show Judge. In 1996, she was chair of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage in Calvert County. She was a needlewoman who enjoyed all kinds of needle crafts. In her later years, she studied and gave lessons and demonstrations in bobbin lace. Her special interest was doing ecclesiastical needlework, especially church banners, altar hangings, needlepoint kneeling cushions, and clerical vestments. Her work can be found in the churches that were important in her life: St. Andrews Episcopal Church in College Park, MD; the American Cathedral in Paris, France; Christ Church Calvert in Port Republic, MD; Middleham Chapel in Lusby, MD; and St. Peters Chapel in Solomons Island, MD. Private services to be held at Middleham Chapel. Memorials, should one choose to send one, can be directed to Middleham and St. Peters Parish, P.O. Box 277, Lusby, MD 20657, or to a .

Published in The Washington Post from July 12 to July 15, 2013
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