Nadia Sparrow ElySparrow descendantNadia Sparrow Ely, a...


September 01, 1992

Nadia Sparrow Ely

Sparrow descendant

Nadia Sparrow Ely, a descendant of the Sparrow family after whom Sparrows Point was named, died Saturday in her sleep at the Manor Care-Ruxton nursing home after a respiratory illness.

Graveside services for Mrs. Ely, who was 96, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Enola Drive, Enola, Pa.

She was born in 1896 in Kewanee, Ill., the daughter of John William and Salome Jane McLaughlin Reed Sparrow. The family ties in Maryland date to Colonial times, when one of the Lords Baltimore gave the family a land grant for acreage that includes eastern Baltimore County's Sparrows Point.

She married the Rev. George B. Ely in 1947. He was the minister of the Oriole Lutheran Church of Jersey Shore, Pa., when he died in 1951.

Her first husband, Col. Matthew Hosea Parker, died in 1934. The couple was married in Washington in 1923.

After her second husband's death, Mrs. Ely lived on Allegheny Avenue in Towson until her move to the Manor Care-Ruxton nursing home.

Her late brother, C. Edward Sparrow, was a former sports editor of The Sun.

Mrs. Ely was frequently recognized in some parts of the Baltimore area as she drove her 1937 blue, four-door Plymouth well into the 1980s. Although reminded by her relatives that people were being complimentary and not critical, she was nevertheless annoyed when people shouted, "Hey, lady, want to sell your car?"

Her niece, Margaret Sparrow, said her aunt just "loved that car," kept it in excellent running order.

Mrs. Ely enjoyed her role as a minister's wife, and she enjoyed traveling and visiting friends in nursing homes.

She is survived by a nephew, William Emmanuel Sparrow of West Chester, Pa.; two nieces, Susanne Sparrow Ley of Whittier, Calif., and Margaret Sparrow of Baltimore; and two great-nieces, Dorothy Talmadge Sparrow of Yorktown, Va., and Constance Norris Sparrow of Silver Spring, Md.

Margaret B. Allen

Towson centenarian

Margaret Burke Allen of Towson, who had celebrated her 100th birthday last month, died Aug. 25 at Manor Care in Ruxton after suffering a heart attack.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mrs. Allen was the daughter of Nicholas Charles Burke, a Baltimore County judge and his wife, Chloe. About 200 members of the family gathered to honor Mrs. Allen on her 100th birthday in July.

She was raised in the family home named Greystone, which stood on York Road south of Towson. The mansion was torn down in the 1930s to make way for a housing development called Burkleigh Square.

She was educated by tutors and later attended Mount St. Agnes College.

She was married to Herschel H. Allen Sr., who was a senior partner in the engineering firm J. E. Greiner Co. He died in 1964.

Mrs. Allen was "an accomplished pianist who loved entertaining and doing needlepoint," said a daughter, Cecelia Allen McGrain of Towson.

Other survivors include another daughter, Margaret Allen Babcock of Wilmette, Ill.; a son, John G. Allen of Stoneleigh; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Daniel G. Jones

Retired music teacher

Daniel George Jones, a retired instrumental music teacher in Baltimore County public schools who took trombone lessons from the father of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Parkville. He was 77.

Services for Mr. Jones will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Home, 8800 Harford Road.

Mr. Jones was born in Coaldale, Pa., in 1915 and received a bachelor of arts degree in music education from Pennsylvania State University in 1936. While a senior at Penn State, Mr. Jones met his future wife, Marjorie Gorman, a junior. They were married in 1940.

He continued his graduate studies at New York University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and Towson State University. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, an honorary music society.

As a young man growing up in Coaldale, Mr. Jones took trombone lessons from Tommy Dorsey Sr., who lived in Lansford, Pa., and was the father of jazz greats Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

During World War II, Mr. Jones worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River and directed the Glenn L. Martin Band, whose members were employees of the aircraft company.

Mr. Jones retired in 1978 after 30 years of teaching, about half of it at the Sussex, Norwood and Shady Springs elementary schools in Baltimore County.

He also taught most of the band and orchestra instruments at Southern High School in Baltimore, Bel Air High School and a high school in Coaldale. During his early years, he also taught private students.

A gardener, Mr. Jones was proud of his roses and tomatoes.

Besides his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a son, David W. Jones of Towson; a daughter, Janet Wickens of Shrewsbury, Pa.; a brother, Robert P. Jones of Dayton, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

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