Cumberland Times-News


March 24, 2012


2012 — MOUNT SAVAGE — Dr. Molly Walter-Burnham, Professor Emeritus, Frostburg State University, died March 24, 2012.  

Born May 27, 1928, in Plainfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Molly Otterson and Beverly Landstreet Walter of Pinehurst, N.C., and the granddaughter of Florence Badger of Plainfield, with whom she spent her formative years.

Dr. Molly completed her secondary education at St. Mary’s Hall/Doane’s Academy along the Delaware River in Burlington, N.J., and later attended Marietta College and the University of New Mexico where she married and temporarily ceased her studies.  She returned to higher education 15 years later and graduated with a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University at 36 years of age, an M.A. from the University of Georgia at 41, and a PhD from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania at age 60.

Molly taught elementary and high school in Opalocka and Miami, Florida.  She then taught college students in Tifton, Ga., Frostburg, and Andong Province, South Korea.  She taught at Frostburg State University as a remediast and psycholinguist in the Department of English for 28 years.

MWB was preceded in death by her eldest son, Daniel Thomas Brayton; her brother, Beverly Landstreet Walter; and ex-husbands, G. Edward Brayton and Bartoleme C. Pañgilinan.  

She leaves behind her second son, Jonathan D. Brayton and wife Shana and grandchildren, Elijah and Ruby of Silver Spring, and Bryan Palerino and wife Jennifer and a great-grand daughter, Lyla of Boyton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Aime E. Brayton, sons, Paul and Geoffrey as well as a great-grandson, Paul of Baltimore; devoted daughter, Constancia Lashbaugh and husband Dennis of Radford, Va. and her special granddaughter, Lauren C. Elliott of Richmond, Va.; and daughter, Caterina W. Pañgilinan and partner Jean Radish of Hagerstown.  She’s also survived by Daniel’s son, Quinn Brayton of Los Angeles, Calif. and daughter, Savannah Brayton of Oxford, N.J.

Dr. Molly also leaves behind many loving students as well as prisoners whom she taught and mentored.  She was especially thankful for the loving support and care that she received from her good neighbors and friends, Dot and Rich Lowery of Mount Savage; her loving friend, Dr. Raymond Ray Stonicher of Gadsen, Ala.; her old colleagues, especially Dr. David Dean, Dr. Keith Schlegel, and  Norman Kelley; and her many friends at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  Molly’s family would like to thank all of the employees at the Frostburg Village Nursing Home for their loving care while Molly was a resident for the past 2 years.

Until her health failed from COPD, MWB was active in supportive prison ministry and was an original advocate for Magdalene Hospitality House, an ecumenical safe house for families of prisoners incarcerated in FCI Cumberland.  She also served as Vestry member, Eucharist and Lay minister, and choir member at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and as Episcopal representative to United Campus Ministry at Frostburg State University for many years.

At her request, Molly’s body will be cremated and a Requiem Eucharist in her memory will be held on March 28, 2012 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cumberland.  The Upchuch Funeral Home, Cumberland, is in charge of arrangements which have not been completed at the time.  

In observance of Lent and in lieu of flowers, Molly has asked that contributions be made to Magdalene Hospital House, c/o Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 10 Washington St., Cumberland, MD 21502; The United Campus Ministry, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD 21532; or Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

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