Virginia Durish, 86, police receptionistVirginia Durish, a...

January 07, 1998

Virginia Durish, 86, police receptionist

Virginia Durish, a longtime receptionist at Baltimore County -- police headquarters in Towson, died of heart failure Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 86.

A 48-year resident of Phoenix, Ms. Durish retired from the Police Department in the mid-1970s.

Born Virginia Grace Martin in North Carolina, Ms. Durish spent her childhood between Georgia and Florida as her father shuttled between colleges in those states teaching music.

She nurtured a lifelong love of music, sang with big bands during the World War II era and played the piano.

After graduating from high school, she worked as a department store model before marrying Joseph H. Huber, a Black & Decker Corp. salesman whose job brought the couple to Baltimore in the early 1940s. He died in 1975, according to Nancy Sutton of Baldwin, the couple's only child.

A second marriage to John Durish ended in divorce about 11 years ago.

"My mother was a beauty until she died, with a spirit that wouldn't quit," said Ms. Sutton. "She lived by herself right up to the end, swam and did water aerobics and was still riding a tractor to mow her lawn until about a year ago."

Services, which had not been set, will be held at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Phoenix.

Other survivors include a brother, James Martin of Dublin, Ga.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

William Wallace Hurd, 85, Westinghouse engineer

William Wallace Hurd, a retired engineer, died of a heart attack Dec. 28 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg. He was 85 and lived in Catonsville.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Hurd began working for Westinghouse Electric Co. in 1954, taking a position as an engineer in Kansas City, Mo. He was transferred to Baltimore in 1957 and retired in 1977.

A golfer who played almost every day, Mr. Hurd was particularly proud of a hole-in-one he made in 1970 at Rolling Road Golf Course in Catonsville. He also enjoyed photography.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Cummins Memorial Church in Catonsville.

Survivors include his wife, the former Priscilla Fotie of Catonsville; a brother, Donald E. Hurd of San Diego; a daughter, Sharon H. Pope of Gaithersburg; and two grandsons.

Cathryne A. Everett, 95, church volunteer

Cathryne A. Everett, a church volunteer and a Hamilton resident for more than 70 years, died Dec. 26 of pneumonia at the Pickersgill retirement home in Towson. She was 95.

In the 1920s, Mrs. Everett was private secretary to the president of Union Trust Co.

In 1925, she married Thomas H. Everett Sr., founder of United Beauty Supply Inc., who died in 1976.

She was a member of St. John's of Hamilton United Methodist Church, where she volunteered for charity projects and cooked meals.

Services were held Monday.

She is survived by a son, Thomas H. Everett Jr. of Lutherville; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Elsie A. Barley, 80, traveler, bank officer

Elsie A. Barley, an avid traveler who enjoyed knitting and crocheting, died of cancer Thursday at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa., where she lived. She was 80.

Mrs. Barley had celebrated her 59th wedding anniversary Dec. 23.

A native of Lake Odessa, Mich., the former Elsie A. Merrell was a bank officer for 11 years.

She and her husband, Donald L. Barley Sr., who survives her, traveled extensively overseas and pulled their travel trailer throughout the United States, recalled her son, Donald L. Barley II of York.

Services were held yesterday.

Other survivors include a daughter, Norma Jean Geesey of Baltimore; a brother, Norman Merrell of Crystal River, Fla.; a stepbrother, Clarence Altland of York; and four grandchildren.

Louise McGrath Reed, 88, secretary for Baltimore firm

Louise McGrath Reed, a retired secretary, died of complications from a urinary tract infection Saturday at Corsica Hills Nursing Home in Centreville. She was 88 and lived in Centreville.

The Baltimore native attended city schools and worked for many years as a secretary for Standard Garments in Baltimore.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wye Bible Church in Grasonville.

She is survived by a sister, Thelma Grimes of Baltimore; many nephews and nieces; and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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