Marion H. BeckerModel, restaurateurMarion Honigsberg...

September 09, 1994

Marion H. Becker

Model, restaurateur

Marion Honigsberg Becker, a former teen-age fashion model for Hutzler Bros. and partner in her husband's hotel and restaurant business, died Tuesday.

A Baltimore native and Pikesville resident, she died of lung cancer at Sinai Hospital. She was 78.

"Mom was a person who really listened," said Linda Dorman of Owings Mills, her youngest daughter. "She could listen without a lot of criticizing. She had the gift of empathy."

Reared on Reisterstown Road near Park Circle, Mrs. Becker graduated from Western High School in 1932 at age 16.

After high school, she worked for Hutzler's on Howard Street, modeling furs and other fashions for the department store's customers.

Soon after going to work, she met Philip Becker at a fraternity party and they eloped to Elkton shortly before her 18th birthday. On Aug. 13, the couple celebrated 60 years of marriage.

They lived with Mr. Becker's parents on Chauncy Street near Druid Hill Park for a year before buying their own home on White Chapel Road in Ashburton. In 1960, with their children grown, they moved to an apartment in Pikesville.

Mr. Becker, a businessman, bought the Senator bar and hotel at the corner of Howard and Monument streets in 1953. The business has since deteriorated, but during its heyday, Mrs. Becker did a little bit of everything to help out.

Mr. and Mrs. Becker loved to travel and visited so many countries that they became known in the family as "the flying grandparents."

The couple belonged to Beth El Congregation in Pikesville and, for a number of years, owned a home in Florida. Mrs. Becker was a former member of the Miriam Lodge and a past president of the Variety Guild of Baltimore.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors also include a second daughter, Barbara Mendelsohn of Pikesville; a sister, Cecelia Winer of Pikesville; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A third daughter, Arlene Shoubin, is deceased.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Sister Mary David Smallwood, O.S.P., a retired elementary school teacher, died Monday of heart failure at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, the motherhouse of her order in Halethorpe. She was 90.

Sister David retired in 1976. She began her teaching career in 1935 at St. Catherine's Academy in Baltimore and taught at schools in several states and Washington.

The former Anna Louise Smallwood was a native of Washington who joined the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1933. She was a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today in the chapel at the motherhouse, 701 Gun Road.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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