M.B. Pilling, 99, last of Bosley family

June 05, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Marguerite B. Pilling, a homemaker and the last member of one of Towson's oldest families, died May 20 of undisclosed causes at Meridian Nursing Center Multi-Medical on York Road in Towson where she had lived since 1980. She was 99.

The former Marguerite Bosley was a scion of the Bosley family, which settled in the Dulaney Valley after Walter Bosley emigrated from England in the mid-1600s. Another descendant, James Bosley, was a captain in the local militia during the Revolutionary War.

J. Thomas Scharf, in his 1881 "History of Baltimore City and Baltimore County," wrote, "The Bosley family is famous for the number of good farmers that it has produced."

The Bosleys' deep roots and longevity in the life of the county are also recalled in the name of Bosley Avenue, which runs through Towson.

Mrs. Pilling received her education at Bryn Mawr School and Hollins College. In 1925, she and Richard T. Pilling, an executive with McCormick & Co. were married. They lived on West Joppa Road for many years until moving to the Geneva Apartments on Greenway.

Mr. Pilling died in 1971.

Gladys Winter, who lives in Cross Keys in Baltimore and was a friend for nearly 70 years, said, "I grew up calling her Aunt Marguerite. She was a gentle lady and a wonderful woman who was clever and bright."

Mrs. Pilling wrote poetry and limericks.

She was a member of several organizations, including the English Speaking Union, the Maryland Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a longtime volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and a communicant at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Graveside services were held Wednesday in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson.

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