Richard B. Braxton, 77, restaurant managerRichard Benjamin...

November 13, 1995

Richard B. Braxton, 77, restaurant manager

Richard Benjamin Braxton who managed a Randallstown restaurant in the late 1980s, died Nov. 4 of cancer at his West Baltimore home. He was 77.

Mr. Braxton, who lived in Randallstown from 1985 until about two weeks ago, managed a Popeyes restaurant there.

He came to this area from the Fredericksburg, Va., area, where he settled after his retirement in the early 1980s as manager of a Pennsylvania state liquor store in Philadelphia. A native of Harrisburg, Pa., he attended Lincoln University.

He was an elder and a member of the choir at the Lochearn Presbyterian Church, 3800 Patterson Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Mr. Braxton is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Inza Margaret Taylor; two daughters, Joyce E. Coley and Juanona I. Martinez, both of Baltimore; two sons, Richard B. Braxton Jr. of Reston, Va., and Barraud I. Braxton of West Springfield, Mass.; his father, James E. Braxton of Harrisburg; three sisters, Harriet E. Logan of Philadelphia, Ann E. Braxton of Pittsfield, Mass., and Mary M. Braxton of Harrisburg; three brothers, James E. Braxton Jr. of Harrisburg, and George L. and Stanley G. Braxton, both of Philadelphia; and seven grandchildren.

Eileen W. Roche, 79 Baltimore County educator

Eileen W. Roche, a retired educator who spent three decades teaching in parochial and Baltimore County schools, died Wednesday of lymphoma at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Roche, who taught third grade, began teaching in 1961 at Sandy Plains Elementary School and in 1976 retired from Pine Grove Elementary School. She had taught at St. Matthew's Parochial School from 1952 to 1960.

"She had a great love of children and delighted in meeting former students of all ages whom she had taught," said a son, Michael E. Roche of Towson.

The former Eileen Wellings was born and raised in East Boston, Mass., along with four brothers who attended the Naval Academy and attained the rank of admiral.

She earned her bachelor's degree in 1937 and her master's degree in 1939 from the University of Massachusetts. In 1941, she married her teen-age sweetheart, Robert M. Roche Sr., and moved to Towson. Mr. Roche, vice president of Deniseal Inc., bottle cap manufacturers, died this year.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by another son, Robert M. Roche Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Kathleen Koth of Towson; a sister, Gladys Askin of Boston; and six grandchildren.

Margaret E. Dennis, 96, Baltimore homemaker

Margaret E. Dennis, a homemaker who enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at Northwest Medical Center. She was 96 and lived at Old Court Nursing Center.

She was born Margaret E. Lee on West Street and was raised in West Baltimore. She was educated at city schools and was a 1918 graduate of Douglass High School. She had been a clerk at the Sears, Roebuck store on North Avenue from 1945 to 1960.

She lived most of her life in the 2300 block of Madison Ave. She was married twice. Both husbands, Ernest Ruff and Jacob Dennis, are deceased.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1542 N. Fremont Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by two daughters, Mildred Stanley and Margaret Strickland, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.

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