Women’s Hall of Fame

GCCW Seeking Nominations for 2022 Women’s Hall of Fame

Nomination deadline April 1, 2022!

Nomination packets are available here.

The Garrett County Commission for Women is seeking your recommendation of an outstanding Garrett County woman for induction into the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame.  Nominees should be women who have made outstanding contributions to Garrett County and are role models for tomorrow’s female leaders.

The Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame was established in 1995 through the efforts of the Garrett County Commission for Women.  Its purpose is to honor local women who have made substantial or outstanding contributions to the economic, political, and cultural life of Garrett County.

Up to three women are inducted each year.  Both historical and contemporary women are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.  These women represent the past, present and future vision of Garrett County.

GCCW invites organizations and individuals to nominate women for the Hall of Fame.  Under the guidance of the GCCW, a selection committee will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Commission.  After final review and approval, the GCCW will announce the inductees who will be recognized for their contributions during a brunch and ceremony in their honor, date and location to be determined.

Specific criteria include: 1) The contribution must extend to the community level; 2) The contribution may be in a particular discipline or to Garrett County in general; and 3) Nominees must be Garrett County residents and must have resided in the county for at least 10 years, or if deceased, nominees must have resided in the county for a substantial portion of their lives.

Nomination packets are available here.

Submissions must be postmarked by April 1, 2022. 

Additional information is also available on the Facebook page of the Garrett County Commission for Women.  Questions may also be directed to the Garrett County Commission for Women, c/o Garrett County Commissioners, 203 S Fourth St. Room 207, Oakland, MD 21550.


2021 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction

The Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame was established through the efforts of the Garrett County Commission for Women and inducted the first members back in 1995. Its purpose is to honor local women who have made substantial or outstanding contributions to the economic, political, and cultural life of Garrett County.

Up to three women will be inducted each year. Both historical and contemporary women are eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. These women represent the past, present and future vision of Garrett County.

We recognized and honored three Garrett County Women who have participated in shaping of the County in 2021. Congratulations to the 2021 inductees! 

Ms. Judy Carbone

Judy Carbone was honored as an inductee into the 2021 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame as a career mentor for women in Garrett County and a strong community advocate and volunteer. Carbone moved to Garrett County 20 years ago and was self-employed as a career and life coach, a service she provides to this day, not in a professional capacity but through her compassionate personality toward all she encounters. She dedicated 11 years to Garrett College, mostly known as the Director of Advising and Career Services. Carbone resurrected the Garrett County Job Fair and served as coordinator. From there, Judy moved to her role as Volunteer Coordinator at HART for Animals, an organization dedicated in helping animals find a forever home, where she developed a formal program for volunteers. Since 2020, has been part of the State of Maryland COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program, where she conducts contact field tracing interviews.


Aside from her professional impact, she has gone above and beyond through volunteer engagements. Judy Carbone is a founding member of Engage Mountain Maryland, with a primary purpose of engaging local community members in matters to the community and served on its Board of Directors until 2020. Through this work, Judy coordinated a Young People’s forum in 2018 that identified issues facing young people in Garrett County. She also coordinated several community forums including on fracking, healthcare initiatives, the importance of voting, voter registration drives, and the Oakland Bypass. Carbone has been a member of AAUW-Garrett Branch since 2002 and served as President from 2003-2004. Upon the death of the President in 2016, Judy once again resumed her role as President, a position that was to be temporary, but has resumed due to reorganization. Through her work with AAUW, Carbone has worked as part of the Host Committee to bring the Maryland Convention to Garrett County, and coordinated several scholarship programs. Additionally, Judy has been active with the Women’s Monologues, a special initiative of the AAUW, which features notable women in history. In 2020, Carbone was chair of a committee that united several local women’s groups to help celebrate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Further, Carbone served as a member of the Garrett County Commission for Women from 2012-2018 and had the honor of being Vice Chair 2015-2016 and Chair 2016-2018. Through her GCCW involvement, she coordinated Women’s Listening Session in 2016, initiated the Strategic Planning Process, served as the co-organizer for the Women’s Hall of Fame Brunch, and nominated several deserving women to the Hall of Fame.


In support of Judy Carbone’s nomination, local businesswoman, Linda Carr, stated Carbone “retains a high level of respect in the community, and it is all due to her diligence, strong moral character and willingness to listen to EVERYbody; supporters and detractors alike.”

Ms. Linda Edwards

Linda Edwards was honored as an inductee into the 2021 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame for her business contributions and volunteerism in Garrett County.
A lifelong resident of Garrett County, Linda Edwards began her professional career as a business woman and entrepreneur as an Insurance Agent with Hershberger Insurance in Grantsville after stints of working for the Federal Government in the Washington, DC area, and as a department secretary at Fairmont State College. Additionally, she had become a real estate agent. In 1989, opened the Grantsville Exxon with her husband and actively ran it for 20 years, where she was well known for her strong business ethic.


Edwards was an active parent volunteer, served in the Greater Grantsville Business Association, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, and both the Northern High School Athletic and Band Boosters. After the sale of the Grantsville Exxon in 2008, Edwards became the driving force behind the Methodist Church’s Backpack program to Northern Garrett County. With that program, she assisted hundreds of hungry elementary school children receive much needed food.


Linda Edwards has been a longtime member of St. Paul’s Methodist in Grantsville and served as membership chair, leading fundraising efforts. In addition, she has remained a member of the Garrett County Republican Women’s Club, serving also for many years as an election monitor for the Garrett County Board of Elections.


In his nomination of Edwards, Fred Fox stated, “Linda has been a reliable anchor for her husband, her family, and the people of Garrett County. Quietly, gracefully, warmly, and with that radiant smile of hers, Linda has ably served the people in what may be best described as an ‘Ambassador for Western Maryland’.” bank as large as First United.

Ms. Susan Newton

Susan Newton was honored as an inductee into the 2021 Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame as an outstanding role model for young women in Garrett County.

In her youth, Newton inherited a love and compassion for animals. Further, she was a member of the local Future Farmers of America and 4-H organizations, along with a participant and volunteer for the Garrett County Agricultural Fair. Newton was named Farm Queen in 1978.

Susan Newton attended Garrett College, excelling on the volleyball team, and subsequently, she attended Alderson Broaddus University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Newton began a career as an educator in 1985 and later returned to Garrett County and taught in the Garrett County Public School System for over 20 years. Although her education degree was focused on fitness, she spent many years tasked with heading the Special Education department at Southern Garrett High School where she benefited students by providing them life skills needed to succeed in adult life.

Newton was best known as a volleyball coach at Southern Garrett High School, and in support of her nomination, her son Travis Newton said “she molded young women by pushing them both on and off the court with the leading ideals of hard work and integrity.”

Newton is the founder of the Cody Ferguson Memorial Scholarship in memory of her late son, which aided a number of students to fund their college expenses. She has been a regular volunteer at many local events such as the GC Agricultural Fair’s livestock auction, Festival of Trees, Deep Creek Dunk, and most recently, creating a community walking group “Great Strides” with lifelong friend, Gale Bosley, to help create healthy habits and a safe way to interact during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Previous Hall of Fame Inductees:

2021Linda Edwards
Judy Carbone
Susan Newton
2020Ruth Keller*
Jane Fox
Cindy Downton
2019Shirley Diane Bailey
Carissa Rodeheaver
2018Caroline Blizzard
Dr. Dana McCauley
Melissa Rank
2017Carol A. Gregg
Dr. Brenda McCartney
Ruth Hinebaugh Umbel
2016Evelyn L. Heise*
Louella Hinebaugh
Mercedes Pellet
2015Brenda F. McDonnell
Karen Myers
Hannah W. Sincell
2014Brenda S. Brosnihan
Nancy K. Leary*
2013Donna Broadwater
Jeanette Ruby Fitzwater
Pat White-Moore
2012Linda Fike
Grace Jones*
Marilyn Moors*
2011Betty Ellington
Carolyn Ganoe
2010Debra Friend
Helen Harman*
Gail N. Herman
2009Virginia Grove
Henrietta Lease
Linda M. Buckel
2008Helen Earles
Charlotte A. Sebold
Donna McClintock Fost
2007Patience Williams Grant*
Helen Louise Harned Kahl*
Sheryl MacLane
2006Peggy Jamison
Mary E. Mosser*
Lorilla B. Tower*
2005Susan Athey-Oxford*
Cleda Baker*
Linda Fleming Glotfelty
2004Bea Crosco*
Mildred Dunbar
Mary Jones*
2003Joan B. Crawford*
Barbara B. Flinn
Mary Ellen Lichty
2002Beverly Beard
Patricia A. Bowser
Mary M. Strauss*
2001Dorothy B. Leighton*
Phyllis Trickett
2000Alice Hevner
Nelle Stemple*
1999Roberta Anderson
Ruth DiPaolo*
Mary Love*
1998Jane Avery*
Martha Glotfelty*
1997Edith Brock*
Brenda Butscher
1996Martha Jachowski*
Alta E. Schrock*
1995Polly J. Hanst*
Wilda W. Massi*
Ruth H. Ryan*

* Deceased