Marian M. Melville, 99, gardener, designed homeMarian M...

January 10, 1998

Marian M. Melville, 99, gardener, designed home

Marian M. Melville, an avid gardener who designed her Gibson Island home, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 99.

A former resident of the Marylander Apartments, Mrs. Melville decided in 1957 to have a home of her own design constructed on Gibson Island.

She spent the next 40 years in the home, then moved to Keswick last year. She was an avid gardener and was a member of the Gibson Island Club.

The former Marian Maytham was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y.

While attending the Penn Hall School for Girls in Chambersburg, Pa., she met Thomas Woods Melville at a school dance. They married in 1920. He died in 1983.

Graveside services for Mrs. Melville will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road in Pikesville.

Survivors include a son, William Barton Melville of Oreland, Pa.; a daughter, Elizabeth Melville Cox, of Timonium; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Betty J. Fondren, 62, computer programmer

Betty J. Fondren, a retired computer programmer and Air Force veteran, died Christmas Day of complications from colon cancer surgery at a hospital in Red Rock, Texas. She was 62.

Miss Fondren, who lived in Severna Park for 40 years before returning to Red Rock last year, retired from Farmers National Bank in Annapolis, where she had worked since 1982.

Earlier, she had worked for the IBM service bureau based in Washington. She had started her business career in the late 1950s at Union Trust Co. in Baltimore.

A native of San Antonio, Miss Fondren moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she graduated from high school. She enlisted in the Air Force in the early 1950s and was a member of the honor guard at President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1953 inauguration. She was discharged in 1954.

She enjoyed wood-turning and produced on a lathe wooden bowls and toys for children. She also enjoyed photography and tai chi.

A memorial service will be held at 9: 30 a.m. today at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road in Severna Park.

She is survived by two sisters, Gladys Smith of Corpus Christi and Jean F. Parker of Round Rock; and several nephews and nieces.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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