Ruth E. Packham

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Ruth Esther Packham, 71, of Upperco, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

Born June 27, 1941, in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Rev. William B. Furgess and Grace E. Tunner Furgess. She was the wife of David Alan Packham, her husband of 30 years, who died Dec. 4, 2008.

She was a member of Babcock Presbyterian Church in Towson, where in her early years she worked in the church childcare program. She was a member of the Concordia Order of the Eastern Star in Parkville. She was a graduate of Sharon Senior High School. She was a woman of faith. She especially enjoyed the company of her nephews, niece-in-law and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Surviving are a sister, the Rev. LoisAnn Furgess-Oler, of Upperco; brother-in-law Bruce Packham and wife Sally; nephews Jonathan Oler, Brian Packham and wife Maura, and Gregory Packham; a great-niece, Yanna Oler; and great-nephews Aidan, Joseph and Ethan Packham.

She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, David Oler.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 3296 Charmil Drive, Manchester.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, with her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Harry Cahill, officiating. Interment will be in Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21286; Trinity United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 730, Manchester, MD 21102; or St. Marks United Church of Christ (Snydersburg), 1616 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead, MD 21074.

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Funeral Home
Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, P.A. - Manchester
3296 Charmil Drive P.O. Box 389
Manchester, MD 21102
(410) 374-2626
Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 26, 2013
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