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Mary Elizabeth Myers

Mary Elizabeth Myers, 105, formerly of Rocky Ridge Road, Thurmont, died Tuesday, March 27, at Homewood at Crumland Farms Frederick.

Known as one of Thurmont’s "Hello Girls," Mrs. Myers and her two sisters were telephone operators in the town from 1916 to 1949. By 1920, all three of the teen-aged sisters were telephone operators. The town’s phone system went to direct dialing in 1949 and the need for operators diminished. When Mrs. Myers ended her career as a phone operator she worked at Frederick Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1959.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Luther Buhrman in 1951, and James. C. Myers. Born Dec. 15, 1895, in Emmitsburg, she was a daughter of the late Edward M. and Frances L. Humbert Hobbs.  She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Anthony’s Shrine Parish, 16150 St. Anthony Road, Emmitsburg, with Mrs, Myers’ nephew, Monsignor James V. Hobbs, of the Basilica in Baltimore, as the celebrant. Interment will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Cemetery, Thurmont. 

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