Arlene G. Runkles

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Arlene G. Runkles, 99, of Mount Airy, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Born Sept. 22, 1912, near Burkittsville, she was the oldest daughter of the late Cora Bowlus Guyton and Edgar Garfield Guyton.

She grew up in New Windsor and was a 1934 graduate of Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

She taught public school music in Carroll County schools for 24 years. Over the years, she took graduate courses at Western Maryland College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, earning the equivalent of a master's degree.

She was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, teaching Sunday school, serving as secretary of the Women's Society for 12 years and directing the senior choir for 19 years. She was a member of the Mount Airy Garden Club and the Carroll County Retired Teacher's Association, taught piano and voice privately and was a soloist for many events. She was a volunteer at Pleasant View Nursing Home for more than 30 years with music, reading to the blind and other activities.

In 2003, she was elected to the Mount Airy Hall of Fame as a community volunteer and educator and in 2004 was named an outstanding Carroll County Senior Volunteer. In 2008, she was named to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Surviving are sons Marion V. Runkles III, of Parkton, and Ronald R. Runkles and wife Barbara, of Mechanicsville; and grandsons David and Mark.

Per her wishes, there will be no viewing or flowers.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prospect Cemetery, near Mount Airy, for family and friends, with her pastor, the Rev. Dennis Yocum, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Calvary United Methodist Church, music fund, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy, MD 21771.

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Published in Carroll County Times on June 22, 2012