Gilda D. GarrettSSA supervisorGilda Delores Garrett, a...

January 28, 1995

Gilda D. Garrett

SSA supervisor

Gilda Delores Garrett, a retired Social Security Administration supervisor, died Jan. 18 at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications of cancer. She was 53 and lived in the Northwood area.

She retired last year after 30 years of federal service. She had worked for a short time for the Internal Revenue Service before moving to SSA.

The former Gilda Delores Jones was a Baltimore native who graduated from Western High School in 1959 and from what now is Morgan State University in 1963. She did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, American University and George Washington University.

She became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Morgan in 1960 and later served as president of the sorority's Epsilon Omega graduate chapter, which presented her with its Vivian J. Cook Award.

She was also a former president of the Maryland League of Women's Club's, parliamentarian of the Baltimore County chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, and a member of the boards of Planned Parenthood of Central Maryland and the Maryland Minority Contractors Association.

She was a member of Blacks in Government, the National Political Congress of Black Women and the National Black Women's Health Project, and the Strictly Social Club, the Connection and the Pinochle Pals social clubs.

Services were set for 10:30 a.m. today at Epworth United Methodist Chapel, Liberty Road and St. Luke's Lane in the Woodmoor area.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Marvin Garrett Sr.; a son, Leon Marvin Garrett Jr. of Baltimore; her father, Pythias A. Jones of Baltimore; two brothers, Alvin A. Jones Sr. of Baltimore and Dr. Pythias D. Jones of Cleveland; and two sisters, Ernestine Jones Jolivet of Randallstown and Verna Lynn Jones of Baltimore. Marion Steinmetz Grove Brown, a former teacher, died Sunday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 60.

Since 1986, Mrs. Brown, who had lived in Catonsville and St. Michaels, traveled throughout the United States in her van, camping in state and national parks and staying with relatives.

She moved to Catonsville from Lansdowne, Pa., in 1957, and worked as a substitute teacher and sold real estate. In 1981, she moved to St. Michaels and occasionally worked as a waterman on crabbing and oyster boats.

The daughter of a Lutheran minister, she was raised in Sellersville, Pa. After attending Gettysburg College, University of North Carolina and Barnard College, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1957 from Temple University, where she became a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

Her 1954 marriage to A. Douglas Brown ended in divorce.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brown, who donated her body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland, was set for 3 p.m. today at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Frederick and Beechwood avenues, where she had been president of the Women's Association.

She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey L. Brown of Towson and Keith Douglas Brown and Kevin Scott Brown, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth S. Brown of Catonsville and Jennifer R. Seitz of San Diego; a brother, Abram Grove of Rockaway, N.J.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204; or Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228.

Edward H. Crocker


Ships estimator

Edward H. Crocker, a retired ships estimator, died Jan. 20 of septicemia and Alzheimer's disease at a Columbia nursing home. He was 78 and had lived in the Poplar Springs area of Howard County.

He retired in 1984 as manager of estimating for Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., where he had worked for 20 years. Earlier, he had worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s shipyards on Key Highway and in Quincy, Mass.; Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; and Jacksonville (Fla.) Shipyard.

Born in South Baltimore, he was reared on McCabe Avenue in Govans and was educated in city schools.

He served as an infantryman for a year before he was discharged in 1947, when he was given a deferment because his work as an estimator was considered vital to the national defense.

He was a member of the Maryland Marine Club, the Baltimore Propeller Club, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Crocker was an avid sports fan. "Our whole courting period was spent in some sports arena. That's been the story of our whole life," said his wife of 46 years, the former Marguerite Cusack.

A memorial Mass was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, St. Michael's Road, Poplar Springs.

Other survivors include two sons, Michael E. Crocker of Jessup and Timothy R. Crocker of Poplar Springs; two daughters, Claire A. Crocker of Mount Airy and Martha "Ria" Crocker of Poplar Springs; and a sister, Margaret "Dot" Funk of Sykesville.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick 21701.

S. Edward Smith

Political activist

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