Isabel Jacquette Stevens, 102, homemaker, volunteerIsabel...

October 12, 1997

Isabel Jacquette Stevens, 102, homemaker, volunteer

Isabel Jacquette Stevens, a centenarian who enjoyed recounting her memories of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, died Tuesday of old age at her home in Hampstead. Mrs. Stevens, who was known as "Boots," was 102.

Born and raised in the Kent County community of Rock Hall, Mrs. Stevens remembered how, as a child, she watched the blaze from her home as the wind whipped fiery sparks across the Chesapeake Bay to land on her family's farm.

She was a homemaker, a member of Arlington Methodist Church and the Carroll County Hospital Auxiliary, and an honorary member of the Hampstead Fire Co. Auxiliary. Her husband, Lawrence S. Stevens, died in 1973.

She is survived by two daughters, Hannah V. Stevens of Hampstead and Ann S. Garman of Reisterstown; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were yesterday in Rock Hall.

Dorothy W. Tross, 85, owned several beauty salons

Dorothy W. Tross, a retired cosmetologist who owned several Baltimore beauty salons, died Sept. 29 of liver cancer at Joseph Richey Hospice Inc. She was 85 and lived in Woodlawn.

She was born Dorothy Watts in Baltimore and lived on Madison Avenue until she moved to Rock Castle, Va., where she graduated from high school. Mrs. Tross was a 1954 graduate of the Apex Beauty School in Baltimore and owned Bryant Beauty Box and three other salons.

In 1980, she was appointed to the State Board of Cosmetologists and served until 1995.

Her professional memberships included the National Institute of Cosmetology.

A foster parent, Mrs. Tross was a member of Foster Parents of Maryland. She also was a member of the Business & Professional Club, Maryland Extension Homemakers and Theta Sigma Sorority.

She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlepoint.

Mrs. Tross was a former communicant of St. Peter Claver, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Lawrence Roman Catholic churches.

A memorial Mass was offered yesterday at All Saints Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Hugh E. Tross, whom she married in 1950; two daughters, Judith S. Martin and Brenda E. Hawkins, both of Baltimore; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Florence Hager Essers, 70, school guidance counselor

Florence Hager Essers, a former Baltimore County guidance counselor and pioneer in the field of "peer facilitating," students counseling other students, died of heart failure Thursday at her Stoneleigh residence. She was 70.

A native of New York City, Mrs. Essers graduated from George Washington University, where she was national president of the Lutheran Student Association.

She taught science for six years in Washington before going to work for the Baltimore County system in 1964. In 27 years with the county, she was a counselor at Lansdowne and Dulaney high schools and, in the latter part of her career, at Cockeysville Middle School.

At Dulaney, she helped create a peer counseling program that was a model for other school districts.

Mrs. Essers and her husband of 46 years, Hendrick Essers, owned the Town Hill Hotel in Allegany County, which they had operated as a bed-and-breakfast since her retirement.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John B. Essers of Abingdon; and a grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Dorothy Ann Kerfoot, 71, artist, counselor

Dorothy Ann Kerfoot, an artist and retired mental health counselor, died of heart failure Sept. 28 at Union Memorial Hospital. The longtime Roland Park resident was 71.

Mrs. Kerfoot counseled alcoholic women's groups at Walter P. Carter Center in Baltimore from 1972 until her retirement in 1990.

She was assistant to the president of Villa Julie College from 1968 to 1970.

Born Dorothy Ann Tydings in Hampden, she graduated from Eastern High School and earned an associate's degree in psychology from Catonsville Community College.

A longtime painter and sculptor, Mrs. Kerfoot spent hours in the sun-porch studio of her Deepdene Road home on oil paintings of historic battles and still lifes. She also sculpted busts and heads in clay and exhibited her works locally.

She was a member of Roland Park Presbyterian Church.

In 1950, she married Rodney Kerfoot Jr., who died in 1976.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Blair Shear of Lutherville; and a son, William Rodney Kerfoot of Roland Park.

Services were private.

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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