Beth Caples, who had regularly told stories to children before her retirement in 1973 as head of the Children's Department at the Central Enoch Pratt Free Library, died of heart failure Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice after being ill with cancer.
She was 84 and lived on Versailles Circle in Towson.
A memorial service for Mrs. Caples will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's United Methodist Church, 216 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.
A librarian at Enoch Pratt for 35 years, she became head of the Children's Department in 1950. In addition to her twice-weekly story hours at the library, she told stories at the Walters Art Gallery that would tie-in with exhibits at the museum.
A native of Cockeysville who was reared there and in Lutherville, she was a graduate of Towson High School and what is now Towson State University and earned a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Mrs. Caples resumed the use of her maiden name after a divorce.
She is survived by her son, Rob Caples of Wilton, Conn.; her stepmother, Margaret L. Caples of Timonium; four sisters, Dorothy Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla., Ruth Watson of Timonium, Martha Twining of Glen Arm and Jean Kroll of Mount Washington; and three grandchildren.