Louise C. Birely

November 15, 1991

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.

Her first marriage to E.H.W. Hanson ended in divorce, and her second husband, Dr. Morris Franklin Birely, died in 1961. She lived in Thurmont in the 1950s.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Hargrave of Ruxton; a son, F. Carter Birely of Sewickley, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church or Highland Presbyterian in Street.

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