Anne SlagleHomemaker, volunteerAnne Vernon-Williams...

June 12, 1994

Anne Slagle

Homemaker, volunteer

Anne Vernon-Williams Slagle, a homemaker and volunteer, died Monday of heart failure at her Golf Course Road residence in Green Spring Valley. She was 82.

She was born and reared in Ro land Park, the daughter of Frederick Royallie Vernon Williams, an investment banker who emigrated to Baltimore from England. In his youth, he had been a page in the court of Queen Victoria.

She was a 1930 graduate of Roland Park Country School and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1931.

After graduation, she taught and directed the girls' athletic program at Calvert School until her 1940 marriage to former Gilman and Princeton All-American football star, Jacob W. Slagle. Mr. Slagle was the owner of an insurance and homeowners service business and died in 1977.

An athlete as well as an avid sports fan, she competed in tennis in the 1930s and 1940s in matches at the Suburban Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and Friends School and in 1943 was the city's women's tennis champion.

An active volunteer, she served on the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1945 to 1993 and was president from 1955 to 1960. Her club memberships include the Green Spring Valley Hunt, the Green Spring Valley Garden Club and the Hillsboro Club in Pompano Beach, Fla., where she wintered for 30 years.

She is survived by two sons, Jacob W. Slagle Jr. of Baltimore and Frederick Vernon-Williams Slagle of Bearsville, N.Y.; a brother, Frederick Vernon-Williams Jr. of Easton; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Garrison 21117, where services were held Thursday. Arthur H. Benhoff, a retired paint company executive and breeder of American cocker spaniels, died May 28 of heart failure at his home in Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

Mr. Benhoff, who was 88 and was known as Benny, retired nearly 20 years ago from the Valley Painting Co., but he and his wife continued to operate Artru Kennels at their Catonsville home until they moved to Westminster in 1990.

More than 100 of the dogs they bred were designated champions by the American Kennel Club.

A charter member of the Catonsville Kennel Club and the Maryland Cocker Spaniel Club, he also served for 10 years as president the Associated Specialty Club and was a member of the Professional Handlers Association.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of Polytechnic Institute, he worked for the F. W. Woolworth Co., and managed stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before becoming manager of the company's Catonsville

store in the late 1930s.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Ruth Keedy; two sons, Robert A. Benhoff of Little Orleans, and Dr. William A. Benhoff of Catonsville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Private services were held for Mr. Benhoff. Willie Esther Paylor, a former industrial worker who was interested in Southern cooking and the children in her neighborhood, died June 4 at University of Maryland Medical Center of a respiratory disease.

Mrs. Paylor, who was 58 and lived on Croydon Road in the Milford area, had worked in the General Electric Corp. appliance plant in Columbia in the 1970s.

Known to friends as Willa, she had earlier worked for the Bendix Corp.

Born and raised in Buckingham, Va., the former Willie Esther Patterson moved to the Baltimore area in 1957.

Her husband, Albert Paylor Sr., is a bus driver for the Mass Transit Administration, and her survivors also include a daughter, Beverly Anderson of Baltimore; a son, Albert Paylor Jr. of Baltimore, five sisters, Christine Patterson of Woodmoor, Myrtle Davis of Glenarden, Estelle Davis of Capitol Heights, Edna Lewis of Seat Pleasant and Louise Forbes of Hyattsville; four brothers, Walter and Herbert Patterson Jr., both of Washington, James Patterson of Capitol Heights and John Patterson of Buckingham; and a granddaughter.

Services for Mrs. Paylor were held Thursday at New Shiloh Baptist Church.

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