Bessie C. RobertsWest Virginia nativeBessie C. Roberts...


September 29, 1992

Bessie C. Roberts

West Virginia native

Bessie C. Roberts, who came to Baltimore in 1960 to join her children, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital of heart failure.

Services for the 89-year-old Eagle Street resident were held Saturday.

The former Bessie C. Seel was a native of Mount Hope, W.Va.

Her husband, the Rev. Percy R. Roberts, a retired coal miner, died in 1958.

She is survived by three daughters, Clara Mullins and Mary Ward, both of Baltimore, and June Jones of Joppatowne; five sons, Emory Roberts of Delray, W.Va., and William, Roy, Horace and James Roberts, all of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Margaret H. Lowe

Family adviser

Margaret Heldmann Lowe, who retired as patient family adviser at Memorial Hospital at Easton, died Monday of heart failure at a hospital in Newark, Del.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Lowe, who was 73 and lived in Queenstown, was offered Saturday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Queenstown.

She held the counseling post at the hospital from 1980 until she retired in 1986. Earlier, she was head nurse in the hospital's intensive care unit, which she helped to organize in the mid-1960s. For several years before that, she did private-duty nursing at Memorial and at what is now the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore, the former Margaret Heldmann graduated in 1937 from Mount St. Agnes High School and in 1940 from the Mercy Hospital nursing school.

She moved to the Eastern Shore after her marriage in 1943 to Dr. William Cook Lowe, who maintained a family practice in Queenstown until he was killed in an automobile accident in 1951.

In 1958, she helped to set up the upper Eastern Shore organization of the American Heart Association.

She is survived by three daughters, Carolyne Lowe of Friday Harbor, Wash., Margaret Mary Groh of Charlottesville, Va., and Nance L. du Pont of St. Michaels; a brother, Joseph C. Heldmann of Baltimore; two sisters, Mary Yenni of Baltimore and Agatha Heldmann of Randallstown; and five grandchildren.

James M. Hilbun

Electronic engineer

James M. Hilbun, a retired Westinghouse electronic engineer, died from a stroke Friday at North Arundel Hospital.

Services for the 69-year-old Glen Burnie Park resident were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Raymond C. Fink Funeral Home, 426 Crain Highway S.W. in Glen Burnie.

Born in Hot Coffee, Miss., Mr. Hilbun was educated in Mississippi schools and received his bachelor of science degree in 1958 from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving in combat in Europe.

Mr. Hilbun moved to Maryland to work for Westinghouse, retiring in 1989 from the Electronics Systems Group after 30 years with the company. He was a member of Glen Burnie Moose Lodge No. 1456 and the Glen Burnie Moose Senior Citizens.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Ruby Purvis; three sons, J. Kenneth Hilbun of Manhattan, Kan., W. Stephen Hilbun of Glen Burnie, and L. Robert Hilbun of Norfolk, Va.; two sisters, Maidie C. Hilbun of Laurel and Ollie Burkett of Anderson, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

G. Howard Dawson

Auditor for bank

G. Howard Dawson, a retired auditor for First National Bank and a former president and chairman of the board of the Archer Landry and Dry Cleaning Co., died Sept. 20 at a hospital in Bunnell, Fla., after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Dawson, who was 73, retired from the bank seven years ago and moved from Towson to Palm Coast, Fla. He joined the bank after the family-owned laundry business closed in 1974.

A native of Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the University of Baltimore.

He was a member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church of Baltimore County and the Country Club of Maryland and more recently of the Palm Harbor Golf Club and St. Mark's by the Sea Lutheran Church in Palm Coast where funeral services were conducted Wednesday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Federline; a daughter, Judith Cobb of Norfolk, Va.; a son, Barton H. Dawson of Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Genevieve Manley of Ellicott City and Lorraine Crosby of Timonium; a brother, Vernon Dawson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Charles Ricklin Jr.


Charles Ricklin Jr., a retired bricklayer, died Sept. 24 of emphysema at North Arundel Hospital.

Services for Mr. Ricklin, 67, were held Sept. 28.

The Baltimore native had worked at Bethlehem Steel for 27 years. He lived in Gambrills for 46 years, where he was a member of Delmont United Methodist Church and honorary member and past president of Gambrills Athletic Club and an honorary member of Gambrills Turtle Club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marian L. Clark; one son, Charles Ricklin III of Gambrills; three daughters, Bonnie Kellough of Pasadena, Carol Ricklin and Ruth Mattingly, both of Gambrills; one brother, Clifton W. Ricklin of Dundalk; and three grandchildren.

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