Elizabeth G. Prather, 89, homemakerElizabeth G. Prather, a...

January 26, 1998

Elizabeth G. Prather, 89, homemaker

Elizabeth G. Prather, a homemaker and former Guilford resident, died Wednesday at the Homeland residence of her son after a massive stroke. She was 89.

Mrs. Prather -- since 1995 a resident of the Knollwood Home in Washington -- was the widow of Maj. Gen. Richard G. Prather, former commanding general of the Counter Intelligence Corps headquartered at Fort Holabird.

The former Elizabeth Lucille Virginia Gowen was born at Fort Seward, Alaska, the daughter of a career military officer, and grew up at Army posts from Fort Leavenworth to the Canal Zone and eventually Washington.

She studied for two years at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and, in 1927, married General Prather, then a young Army lieutenant.

Mrs. Prather taught English to high school students in the Philippines and, when World War II broke out, returned to her husband's home in Kentucky with their children.

Later tours of duty took the couple to Germany, Alaska, San Francisco and eventually to Fort Holabird. General Prather, who retired in 1961, died in 1988.

Mrs. Prather was a communicant at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, James G. Prather of Homeland; three daughters, Marjorie P. Manley of Bangkok, Thailand, Elizabeth P. Adam of Houston and Nancy P. Jahn of Modesto, Calif.; two sisters, Helene B. Gowen and Kathleen Worthington, both of Washington; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mildred Baker, 80, homemaker

Mildred Baker, 80, a former Baltimore homemaker, died Friday at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., of head injuries suffered in a recent fall.

A fitness enthusiast, she was taking an exercise walk when she fell. The Baltimore native had moved to North Carolina from Parkville in 1990.

The former Mildred Batchlor was born and raised near Erdman Avenue and Edison Highway and was educated in city schools. She was married in 1939 to James Wesley Baker, who died in 1989.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Doerle of Morganton, N.C., and Michelle Decker of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, Ellen Schindler of Timonium; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lawrence Bruce Holmes, 65, Navy pilot, engineer

Lawrence Bruce Holmes, a retired mechanical engineer and former Navy pilot, died of leukemia Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Hunt Valley resident was 65.

Mr. Holmes was a mechanical engineer for Elsag-Bailey in Genoa, Italy, from 1990 to 1994, when he retired because of failing health.

Earlier, he had been a professor of engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1965 to 1969, and worked for several engineering firms in Illinois before coming to MRC in Hunt Valley as general manager in 1986.

Born and raised in Troy, N.Y., he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester. He was a Navy jet pilot from 1953 to 1957.

A memorial service will be held at noon today at St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church, 11856 Mays Chapel Road in Timonium.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Joyce Diedrich; four sons, Stephen Holmes of Baltimore, Jeffrey Holmes of Ann Arbor, Mich., Brian Holmes of Raleigh, N.C., and Douglas Holmes of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Laura Holmes of New York City; his father, Lynn C. Holmes of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Paul Holmes of Rochester and Lewis Holmes of Washington; and 11 granddaughters.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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