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Sarah Avirett Hoover

February 16, 1944March 24, 2020

Sarah Avirett Hoover of Baltimore died Tuesday evening, March 24, at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 76. Mrs. Hoover was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and was a 1962 graduate of Allegany High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1971 with a degree in earlyAmerican history. She worked for many years in university libraries, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Baltimore.

In addition to her interest in history, Mrs. Hoover studied speech and drama at Emerson College in Boston and worked in Maine’s Deertrees Theater while it was part of Emerson’s College Center for thePerforming Arts.

She lived in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood near the Johns Hopkins University campus for more than 30 years and participated in Hopkins’ Evergreen Society and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.Mrs. Hoover was an avid reader of history, poetry and fiction. She was a fan of Turner Classic Movies and the Washington Post.

She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Baltimore and a life-long supporter of organizations protecting wildlife and natural habitats in Maryland and the United States. In her younger days she wasa vigorous hiker, camper, and outdoorswoman, spending vacations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Surviving are her sister, Anne W. Dilts (Jon) of Bloomington, Indiana; her sister-in-law, Suzanne G. Avirett of Baltimore; fournephews, John C. Avirett (Ashley) of Baltimore, James A. Avirett of Florida, Christopher D. Dilts (Rachel) of Chicago and Andrew Dilts (Sina Kramer) of Los Angeles; and a niece, Carrie Suzanne Avirett of Baltimore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Sarah Avirett of Cumberland and her brother, James Avirett of Baltimore.

Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley is handling arrangements. Because of the ongoing national health emergency, a celebration of her life will be at a later date. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland. Gifts in her memory may be given to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.


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David DeWitt

March 28, 2020

I read with interest Sarah's obituary in the Cumberland Times News this morning. I am hoping someone at the funeral home can share this with a member of the family. Though I may not have all of the facts straight, I am pretty sure Sarah and her husband, Chet (Chester?) visited with my Mom and Dad (Patricia (Haney) DeWitt and John DeWitt) several times when they came to Sarah's home to visit her parents. We may have had a barbeque or two in our back yard while I was still in school. Sarah's connection to our family is through Mom - whose maiden name was Haney. Her father, John Patrick Haney was the brother to Mom's Aunt Dot - Dorothy Haney - who I believe is Chet's (Chester's?) mother. His dad, Aunt Dot's husband was Mom's Uncle Chet - a bus driver in Baltimore who proudly wore a tatoo on his arm and smoked big cigars. I believe the Avirett were very well known and respected in Cumberland and Dad, as City Engineer worked with Mr. Avirett on several projects. Again - I may not have the facts straight, but wanted to express my sympathies to the family and let you know that I think I have fond memories of Sarah with Mom and Dad. All the best to all of you from our families in the Frostburg and Cumberland area.