Helen K. TaylorSoprano, clerkHelen K. Taylor, who began a...


August 16, 1992

Helen K. Taylor

Soprano, clerk

Helen K. Taylor, who began a singing career as a young woman, died July 15 at a hospital in Cleveland.

A memorial service for Mrs. Taylor, who was 96 and moved 10 months ago from Towson to Cleveland where her daughter lives, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

Mrs. Taylor had retired 26 years ago after working for 20 years as a control clerk at the U.S. Army-Air Force Exchange Service office in Baltimore.

The former Helen Kalstrom was a native of Washington and a graduateof Rollins College.

A soprano who studied voice privately, she sang in the 1919 Memorial Day observances in the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing, who became known as Black Jack during World War I, asked her for an encore.

She continued singing in churches and at public events while living in Orlando, Fla., in the 1920s shortly before moving to the Baltimore area.

Her husband, Murray C. Taylor, died in 1956.

She is survived by a son, Murray C. Taylor Jr. of Towson; a daughter, Sue Ellen McCann of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Mary H.B. Burns

Former nurse

Mary Herbert Brooks Burns, a former practical nurse who would have been 100 on Nov. 27, died after a stroke July 7 at her Mount Washington home.

She was one of nine children born in South Baltimore to John and Anna Herbert, and their last surviving child.

At age 14, Mrs. Burns moved to Mount Washington to do housework and cooking for a family. About seven years later, she began caring for infants at what was then the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children in Baltimore.

Later, she worked as a private nurse for the Maurice Eastwick family in Mount Washington until she married Grover C. Brooks in 1923.

After Mr. Brooks died in 1951, Mrs. Burns worked as a nurse at what is now the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital until the late '50s and did volunteer nursing work after that.

In 1966 she married John Burns. He died in 1977.

Mrs. Burns was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 193, the Women's Club of Mount Washington and a member of the Women's Circle at Elderslie-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church at 5601 Pimlico Road.

She is survived by a son, C. Herbert Brooks of Baltimore; and two daughters, Elizabeth B. Freyman of Mount Washington and Katherine B. Leight of Rock Hall.

Services were held July 10 at the Burgee-Henss Funeral Home at 3631 Falls Road.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Sweany, former deputy state director of civil defense, died Aug. 8 of congestive heart failure at a nursing home in Burlington, Vt.

Services for General Sweany, who moved to South Burlington from Towson in April, will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Old Cadets Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He retired from the Army in 1955 and joined the state civil defense agency the next year. He served as deputy director for a decade before his final retirement in 1972.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1919 graduate of City College and a 1923 graduate of West Point.

His decorations while serving in the Pacific during World War II included two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and Air Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Laura Ward; a daughter, Jean S. Nekola of South Burlington; a son, Philip W. Sweany of Rochester, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 650 W. 168th St., New York, N.Y.

Jack E. Dux

Retired salesman

Jack E. Dux, a retired restaurant supply salesman, died Aug. 6 at St. Joseph Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Private services were conducted for Mr. Dux, who was 66 and lived on Chicory Court in Glen Arm.

He retired in June from the Adams-Burch Co. after about four years there. However, he had been a restaurant supply salesman for about 20 years and earlier worked in a department store and for a food products company.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was a 1944 graduate of the Mercersburg Academy and a 1951 graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and moved to the Baltimore area in the mid-1950s. A member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons, he also

belonged to the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Margaret Warren; two sons, Jon Dux of Selbyville, Del., and William W. Dux of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Elizabeth D. Bond and Patricia Rhoades, both of Wilmington; a brother, William H. Dux of Hagerstown; and a granddaughter.

Elizabeth E. Jones

Roland Park resident

Elizabeth E. Jones, who lived in Roland Park for many years, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice of complications of leukemia.

A memorial service for Mrs. Jones, who was 84, is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

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