M. Eleanor Miles, 78, owned butcher shopM. Eleanor Miles...

June 10, 1996

M. Eleanor Miles, 78, owned butcher shop

M. Eleanor Miles, who owned a butcher shop with her husband, raised a family and loved to travel, died Thursday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of complications after falling down stairs at a nursing home about a week earlier. The Stoneleigh resident was 78.

She was born M. Eleanor Boyle in Baltimore and graduated from Seton High School.

She married Ross J. Miles Jr. in 1941. They operated Miles Market in Govans from 1946 until 1964, when they moved it to Rodgers Forge.

Her husband died in 1977. She continued to operate the business until retiring in 1985.

She worked in the market 12 hours a day, six days a week, said her daughter, Patricia Phipps of Timonium, noting that Mrs. Miles was well known in Stoneleigh and Rodgers Forge.

"That store was her life," she said.

Still, she made time for travel, with trips to many countries -- notable among them were a visit to Russia with her husband in the 1970s and a three-week bus tour of China at age 65.

She was a volunteer at the Maryland Science Center and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at her condominium in Ocean City.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Timothy Miles of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Boyle of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge. Blanche Phillips, a teacher and self-employed beautician for more than 50 years, died Tuesday at York Hospital in Pennsylvania after a lengthy illness. She was 90.

Born in Greenville, N.C., she married Johnnie White and moved to Baltimore in the 1930s. After Mr. White's death more than two decades ago, she married Freeman Phillips and moved to York, where they lived for the past 21 years.

She taught at the former Allener Beauty School in Baltimore, and earlier taught in Winston-Salem, N.C.

She had been a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she served on the missionary board, sang in the senior choir and taught Sunday school. She was also superintendent of the Baptist Evening Fellowship.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Bethel AME Church in York, where she was a member and Sunday school superintendent and served on the stewardess board and missionary society.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Mary E. Lonesome of Baltimore; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Lawrence B. Batton, 59, insurance agent

Lawrence B. Batton, a State Farm Insurance agent for many years, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of heart surgery. He was 59.

He had owned an insurance office in the 7200 block of Harford Road since 1961, and began his career with Monumental Life Insurance in the late 1950s. He wrote insurance policies for more than 3,000 people and won many awards.

"His life was his work," said his daughter, Lorrie Batton of Chapel Hill, N.C.

"He could still remember the first people he insured by name and rattle off their addresses," she said.

Mr. Batton was raised in Fairfield and Pasadena, and lived in Carney for the past 24 years.

Mr. Batton was an alumnus of Calvert Hall College and attended the University of Baltimore, where he studied accounting. He served in the Air Force as a dental technician.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church of Parkville, 8808 Harford Road.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Batton is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Dykes; his mother, Agnes Batton of Annapolis; and a brother, Fred Batton Jr. of Pasadena.

Pub Date: 6/10/96

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