Edna Frances Hall Owned pastry business

January 29, 1991

Services for Edna Frances Hall, the last owner of a well-known Baltimore food and pastry business called Betsy Patterson's Specialty Kitchens, will be held at noon today at the Burgee Henss Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

Mrs. Hall of Roland Park died of pneumonia Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 89.

Born in Howard County, the former Edna Sheppard attended business school before going to work in the 1920s as a bookkeeper at Specialty Kitchens, located for many years at the intersection of Read and Tyson streets until it closed in the 1960s.

In time, she worked her way up to manager and then owner of the store, which catered private parties and the annual Maryland Hunt Cup race. The store was known for its gourmet candies.

The store's birthday cakes were shipped to celebrations around the world.

"I used to go there and get my lunch when I was going to the Maryland Institute," said Mrs. Hall's nephew, Baltimore artist Joseph Sheppard, who sculpted the city's Holocaust Memorial on East Lombard Street. "It was filled with all kinds of wonderful little things, little sandwiches, lovely ladies behind the counter and everything baked right in the kitchen in the back."

Mrs. Hall's husband, Richard Hall, died several years ago. The couple had no children, and Mr. Sheppard is the sole surviving relative.

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