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May 27, 1994

Services planned for Patterson sisters

Graveside services for Katherine Miles Patterson, a retired Baltimore County employee, and her sister Frances Louise Patterson, a retired nurse, were set for 2 p.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, Monkton.

Katherine Miles Patterson, 88, died Feb. 1. Frances Louise Patterson, 86, died April 1. Both succumbed to heart failure at a retirement home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

They had moved from Cockeysville to Fort Lauderdale in the late 1970s.

Katherine Patterson retired 23 years ago as a clerk in the county Department of Permits and Licenses after more than 20 years of service. Earlier, she was office manager in a Farm Bureau office in Towson.

She and her sister were natives of Pocock in Harford County and graduates of Jarrettsville High School.

Frances Patterson graduated from the Union Memorial Hospital nursing school and was a nurse at the hospital for many years. She retired about 25 years ago.

The sisters were interested in the genealogy of their family, which includes 17th-century settlers in Virginia, Maryland and Staten Island, N.Y. They collected portraits of their ancestors.

They are survived by a sister, Margaret Patterson Smith of Timonium; a niece, Margaret Smith Keigler of Monkton; a nephew, Wallace Curry Smith of Laurel; two grandnieces; and a great-grandniece.

Donations may be made to the Altar Guild of St. James Church.

Marion C. Gossett

Pharmaceutical worker

Marion C. Gossett, a pharmaceutical company employee, died Sunday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at his East Baltimore residence. He was 36.

He started working at Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems in Cockeysville in 1979 and took a disability leave in 1992. He had been a butcher at the Baltimore Country Club.

Born and reared in East Baltimore, he was a 1975 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School.

He enjoyed gardening and working around his home.

He is survived by three brothers, Michael Gossett of Alabama and Anthony and Keith Gossett, both of Baltimore; a sister, Debra Gossett; and his parents, James and Elwillie Gossett, all of Baltimore.

Services were held yesterday.

Virginia Cumming

Nurse, missionary

L. Virginia Cumming, a nurse and missionary in Korea whose work was honored with a monument, died Monday of congestive heart failure at a retirement home in Winter Park, Fla. The Baltimore native was 95 and had lived in Winter Park for nearly 30 years.

She was a missionary and nurse in Korea from 1927 until World War II, mainly at a hospital in Kwang Ju. She returned there in 1950 and was evacuated to Japan when the North Koreans attacked the south.

She returned to Kwang Ju after the North Koreans were repulsed and found the hospital had been stripped. She collected materials and equipment and persuaded the Korean staff to return to reopen the 50-bed hospital. A monument to her was erected at the hospital.

The former L. Virginia Wright attended Goucher College before her graduation from the Union Memorial Hospital nursing school. She worked at the hospital in the 1920s.

Her first husband, James W. Kerr, who taught mathematics at the Polytechnic Institute, died in 1923.

In 1927, she married the Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Cumming and they went to Korea as missionaries.

When World War II began, Dr. Cumming was assigned to churches in Florida. He was an Army chaplain during the Korean War and before his death in 1988, was assistant pastor of the Winter Park Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a son, James W. Kerr of Winter Park; two daughters, Laura Virginia Tester of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Mary Bruce Jakway of Atlanta; a brother, Nelson Wright of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday.

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