Lidia T. ShakerNative of SpainLidia T. Shaker, a...


August 04, 1993

Lidia T. Shaker

Native of Spain

Lidia T. Shaker, a descendant of Spanish royalty, died Saturday of cardiac pulmonary arrest at the the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia. She was 87.

The former Adela Tey de Torrents was a descendant of Don Juan de Torrents, a baron, and the niece of the Marquesa of Villanueva. She grew up in Montreal after her family emigrated to Canada in 1910 from Spain. Her father, a wine importer and astronomer, was knighted by King Alfonso XIII.

She was educated in Catholic private schools and became a secretary for the Royal Bank of Canada. Her fluency in foreign languages eventually took her to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she worked in a bank managed by her brother, Jose Maria Tey.

While in Haiti, she met and married Richard Shaker, a sergeant major in the Marine Corps, in 1927. He retired from the Marines in 1948 and the couple moved to Arlington, Va. He died in 1981.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1936.

"She had a real independent streak," said her son, Richard J. Shaker of Columbia. "She was the kind of person that could pack up and move within 24 hours as my father often had to move on short notice."

After the death of her husband, she moved to Columbia, where she resided at Concord House from 1981 to 1993, when illness forced her into a nursing home.

A memorial service for Mrs. Shaker was to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home of Columbia, at Twin Knolls and Thunder Hill roads.

In addition to her son, she is survived by three grandchildren.

Dana Staton

Cook at Towson hotel

Dana Staton, a cook at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, died Thursday of respiratory disease at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Mr. Staton, who was 29 and lived on Stonewood Road, had worked at the hotel for more than a year and earlier at other restaurants.

Born in Baltimore, he attended Northern High School.

Services for Mr. Staton were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd. in Towson.

He is survived by his parents, Garldine and Boy Linder Staton of Baltimore; three brothers, Leonard, Andre and Eric Staton of Baltimore; and two sisters, Mary Paton of Essex and Dariette Ballard of Pikesville.

Elestherios Gavrilis

Painting firm owner

Elestherios N. Gavrilis, a retired painting contractor, died Sunday at the Veterans Hospital in downtown Baltimore after a heart attack.

He was 82 and lived on Tolna Street in Highlandtown.

Known as "Elliott," he retired 25 years ago as president of the Eagle Painting Co., which he had owned for about 15 years. The company specialized in commercial and industrial painting, and painted many bridges and federal office build- ings.

Before going into business for himself, he had worked as a painter.

A native of the Greek island of Syros, he came to this country in 1940 while a merchant seaman.

After settling briefly in Philadelphia, he joined the Army, serving in a Corps of Engineers unit that made landings on several Philippine islands during World War II. His decorations included the Purple Heart, which he was awarded after being shot during a landing.

Settling in Baltimore after the war, he became a member of St. Nicholas Church-Greek Orthodox Community on 520 S. Ponca St. in Baltimore. He twice volunteered the services of his company to paint the church.

He was also a member of the Esso-Marines Post of the American Legion.

Services for Mr. Gavrilis were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Nicholas Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Mantick; two sons, Nicholas E. Gavrilis of Mesa, Ariz., and John E. Gavrilis of Baltimore; two daughters, Anna G. Stran of Reading, Pa., and Xanthy Gavrilis-Joseck of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Evangelos Gavrilis of Greece; and nine grandchildren.

Carolyn B. Buford

Washington educator

Carolyn Barnes Buford, a Baltimore native who retired after serving as an assistant principal in Washington elementary schools, died Thursday of pneumonia at a Washington hospital.

Mrs. Buford, who was 71, retired in 1991 with commendations from both the school superintendent and the mayor for her work as assistant principal of the Merritt-Carver Elementary School.

Since 1950, she had served as assistant principal in two other LTC elementary schools and as a teacher in three others.

The former Carolyn Barnes was born in Baltimore and was a 1940 graduate of Douglass High School. In 1944, she was graduated with highest honors from what is now Coppin State College and in 1956, she earned a master's degree at the Catholic University.

She had served as president of National Tots and Teens Inc. and of its Washington chapter, which she founded.

Services for Mrs. Buford were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington.

She is survived by two daughters, Kenda Layne of Bowie and Y. Denise Buford-Kollehlon of Salisbury; a son, Kenneth F. Buford of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Leonard Ward of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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