Frank Artis BoothChurchman, steel workerFrank Artis Booth...

August 06, 1994

Frank Artis Booth

Churchman, steel worker

Frank Artis Booth, an active churchman and retired steel worker, died July 29 of heart failure at his home in West Arlington. He was 85.

Born and educated in Isle of Wight County, Va., one of 13 children of parents who were farmers near Smithfield, Mr. Booth moved to Baltimore during the early years of the Depression to find employment. He worked for several years at odd jobs, sending money home to help his family. He returned to Virginia to run the family farm after his father's death.

In 1939, he went to work for Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he retired in 1975 as a tractor driver.

A deeply religious man, he was active in Waters AME Church, which he served as an usher. He was a member of United Ushers of Baltimore. According to his daughter, Beverly Brown of Baltimore, "He was a firm believer in his religious teaching and exemplified it in his daily life."

She said her father was known as a good storyteller. "He loved telling 'down home' stories about going to school and working on the farm," she recalled.

"He came from a hard-working family, and he used to tell us how they kept the farm going during the Depression. We all enjoyed hearing those stories and wish we could have heard more."

He enjoyed caring for his home and garden, which his daughter described as "immaculate," and cooking. In his leisure time, he also took bus trips to Atlantic City.

The former Grayce Berneta Tolson, whom he married in 1939, died in 1985.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include a brother, Collett Booth of Baltimore; two sisters, Gertie B. Williams, also of Baltimore, and Ma-bel B. Williams of Petersburg, Va.; three grandchildren; 70 nephews and nieces; and a close friend, Audrey Chandler.

The family suggested memorial donations to Waters AME Church, 413 Aisquith St., Baltimore, where services were held Tuesday. Mary Beale Willard Dunn, a former trustee of Roland Park Country School, died May 29 of a heart attack at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 95.

Born and reared in Wallace, Idaho, she graduated in 1921 from Vassar College.

In 1922, she married Daniel Willard Jr., a lawyer who became associated in 1924 with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and later headed its legal department. Mr. Willard, who died in 1940, was the son of Daniel Willard, president of the railroad from 1910 to 1941.

Mrs. Willard, who lived on Somerset Place in Roland Park, had been active in the League of Women Voters as well as on the board of Roland Park Country School. She also served on the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital and, during World War II, worked as a Red Cross nurse's aide at what was then South Baltimore General Hospital.

In 1947, she married Frederick S. Dunn, a professor of international relations at Yale and later at Princeton. While living in Princeton, Mrs. Dunn worked as a docent at Princeton University Art Museum and for Recordings for the Blind. After Mr. Dunn's death in 1962, she returned to Baltimore, moving to Broadmead in 1979.

She enjoyed gardening, reading and travel.

Survivors include a son, Daniel Willard III of Bethesda; a daughter, Mary Beale Munford of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held June 4.

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