A memorial service for Louise C. Birely, who had been a nurse on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University and was active in gardening groups, was being held today today at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St.
Mrs. Birely, who moved to the North Oaks Retirement Community from Elkridge Estates about a year ago, died last Friday at Union Memorial Hospital after a stroke.
She served on the board of Keswick, where she started a gardening program for patients.
Mrs. Birely was a former president of the English Speaking Union Garden Club.
She had worked as a nurse in the infirmary on the Hopkins campus in the 1960s and early 1970s.
A native of Harford County who was reared on her parents' farm, the Rocks of Deer Creek, the former Louise Carter attended the University of Delaware and then completed her studies at the Union MemorialHospital School of Nursing.