June H. Ford, library, soup kitchen volunteer

May 21, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

June H. Ford, who mended books for the Baltimore County Library system and volunteered at soup kitchens, died Thursday of cancer at her Timonium home. She was 68.

She was a volunteer for more than 40 years in the county library system, first at the Towson branch and for the past 11 years at the Cockeysville branch where her family and co-workers honored her by planting a tree there two weeks ago.

"She was very conscientious and had given us over 3,000 hours of volunteer time," the branch manager, Mary K. LePage, said. "We figured that she must have mended over 15,000 books and she taught others how to do it," she said.

"She was a wonderfully dedicated worker," Betty Ewell, clerical manager at the branch, said. "If she couldn't work her regular day, she'd make it up and come in another day. She cared so much for the library and took great pride in her work."

The former June Haller was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Washington as a child when her father, an engineer, took a position with the Navy Department. She was a 1947 graduate of William and Mary College, earning an English degree, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

While a college student, she met Albert H. Ford. They married in 1949 and moved to Baltimore when he took a job with Bendix Aviation Corp. in Towson in 1950.

Mrs. Ford briefly worked as a social worker in Baltimore before she became a full-time volunteer, working with the Surprise Shop at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, where she was a longtime communicant. She was a member of the St. Lydia's women's group at the church.

She was a member of the church's food committee and worked at Our Daily Bread and Paul's Place, soup kitchens in Baltimore.

Mr. Ford said his wife enjoyed big-band music, especially Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Erskine Hawkins and Benny Goodman.

She was a member of the Maryland Rose Society and had planted more than 400 roses in her Timonium yard. She also exhibited miniature roses in competitions.

She did needlepoint, often her own designs, and made miniature rugs for her daughter's doll house. She collected children's books and enjoyed reading mysteries.

A memorial service is to be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson.

Other survivors include a daughter, Sidney-Anne Ford of Baltimore; and a brother, Herbert G. Haller of Bowie.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maryland Rose Society, c/o Eileen Keogh, 212 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore 21212.

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