Viola Gundy, private duty nurse

November 10, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

Viola Gundy, a 96-year-old retired licensed practical nurse, died Saturday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital Center.

She was born and reared in Richmond County on Virginia's Eastern Shore, where her parents were farmers.

She was educated in public schools there and moved to Baltimore, where she studied nursing.

A private duty nurse, she worked for some of Baltimore's oldest families, such as the Hechts, Howards and Stieffs.

"She was with my family for many years, and she and hehusband, Freddie, were such wonderful people," remembered Claire Stieff of Cockeysville.

In 1921, she married Freddie Ward Gundy, who worked for Kirk Stieff Co. in Wyman Park. He died in 1971.

"She was a very personable individual who loved to help people," said her son, Rodney M. Carter of Baltimore. "She was always volunteering to help people and could never do too much for someone."

The West Baltimore resident was an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church since 1925 and taught Sunday school.

She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1937 and sang with the Satterfield Chorus of Baltimore.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon today followed by services at Macedonia Baptist, Fremont and Lafayette avenues, Baltimore. Interment will be in Arbutus Memorial Park.

She also is survived by one grandson; two foster daughters; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

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