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May 10, 1991

Jessie S. Owings


Services for Jessie S. Owings, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the xTC Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

Mrs. Owings, who was 78 and had lived in Westminster for about two years, died Monday at the Carroll Lutheran Village of complications to Alzheimer's disease.

She retired in 1979 as a teacher at Oakleigh Elementary School. She had worked in the county school system 17 years, mostly at Owings Mills Elementary School.

Earlier, she taught for eight years at the Hannah More Academy.

Born in Baltimore, the former Jessie Shipley was a 1929 graduate of the Franklin High School in Reisterstown, where she lived until moving to Towson at the end of her teaching career.

A 1933 graduate of Goucher College, where she majored in chemistry, she did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University.

After her retirement, she served as a substitute teacher at the Oakleigh Elementary School and as a volunteer guide at the National Aquarium and the Top of the World. She was a life member of the American Cancer Society and a subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony.

Her husband, Maurice R. Owings, who was a construction company superintendent, died in 1969.

She is survived by three sons, Maurice R. Owings Jr. of Perry Hall, David L. Owings of Kent, Ohio, and J. Gary Owings of Finksburg; a daughter, Melinda Setren of Reading, Pa.; two sisters, Tilly Bates of Westminster, and Ruth Doenges of Ventura, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Emma S. Kirby

Volunteer worker

A Mass of the Resurrection for Emma Sullivan Kirby, who was a volunteer worker and a member of church and school groups, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Mrs. Kirby, who was 85 and lived at St. Elizabeth's Hall of the Cardinal Shehan Center an Dulaney Valley Road, died Wednesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications after an April 28 stroke.

She did volunteer work at Stella Maris and earlier at the Keswick Home. A skilled bridge player, she gave lessons as part of her volunteer work.

She was a member of the Mount St. Agnes Alumnae Association, the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the Stella Maris Auxiliary and the Catholic Evidence League.

A native of Mount Washington, the former Emma Sullivan was a graduate of the Mount St. Agnes Elementary School and St. Joseph High School in Emmitsburg. She also attended Mount St. Agnes College.

She had been fond of swimming at her family's summer home on the Magothy River as a girl and was an enthusiastic Orioles fan.

Her husband, Carroll G. Kirby, who had been a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. executive, died in 1968.

She is survived by two daughters, Sister M. Gess Kirby, R.S.M., of Baltimore and Mary Victory Tillery of Cockeysville; two sons, Bernard C. Kirby of Rodgers Forge and Michael B. Kirby of Cumberland; two brothers, Emile A. Sullivan of Baltimore and Edward C. Sullivan of San Antonio; and six grandchildren.

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