Frances M.B. Lamb, 83, interior decorator...

September 12, 1998

Frances M.B. Lamb, 83, interior decorator, volunteer

Frances Marshall Baker Lamb, who owned an interior decorating and antiques business, died Sept. 5 of heart failure at Oakcrest Village. The longtime Baltimore resident was 83.

A native of Gordonsville, Va., the former Frances Baker graduated from the University of Virginia in the late 1930s and received a master's degree in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1977.

She began working as a decorator in about 1948 and had antiques on display in the White House and in diplomatic rooms at the State Department. She closed her business in the mid-1990s.

She worked as a medical secretary for many years and later did volunteer work at Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the League of Women Voters. She was a member of Colonial Dames and the Johns Hopkins Faculty Club.

Mrs. Lamb was a longtime member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and in 1960 was the first female vestry member in the denomination in the United States.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 19 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets.

She married John Owen in 1942; the marriage ended in divorce in 1969. She married Wilson Gray Lamb in 1970.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Theodore Ferris Owen of Baltimore and David Bruce Owen of Fallston; two daughters, Mary Marshall Owen Capezio of Glen Rock, Pa., and Laura Lee Owen Keene of Stevensville; and two grandchildren.

Ruth Vincent Taylor, a retired practical nurse and longtime East Baltimore resident, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest after bypass surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Taylor, who came to Baltimore in 1946, worked as a nursing assistant and private duty nurse for many years until she retired in the late 1980s. She had also owned and operated two candy stores in Northwest Baltimore.

The former Ruth V. Downing was born and raised in Reedville, Va., where she graduated from high school. She was a 1941 graduate of Apex Beauty College in Richmond, Va., and later studied to be a licensed practical nurse in New York City.

She was married in 1946 to Daniel S. Taylor, a longshoreman, who died in 1988.

She enjoyed visiting Atlantic City and was a member of the Shiloh Benefit Club.

She was a member of Christ Temple Baptist Church, 2117 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, where funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Steven Taylor of Baltimore; three daughters, Sylvia Gee of Baltimore, Janie Taylor-Poole of Carney and Cynthia Taylor-Bailey of Severn; two sisters, Janie Holland of New York City and Naomi Downing of Owings Mills; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Esther M. Epstein, 82, homemaker, volunteer

Esther M. Epstein, a homemaker and volunteer, died Thursday of lung cancer at her Park Heights Avenue residence. She was 82.

She had been a member for more than 50 years of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, where she was an active member of the Sisterhood and Miriam Lodge. She and her husband formed Club Shalom for senior members of the congregation.

In addition to her work at the synagogue, Mrs. Epstein entertained at the adult day care unit of The Chimes in Mount Washington and volunteered at Children's Hospital and Sinai Hospital. She also was an active fund-raiser for the March of Dimes.

The former Esther Myerberg, who was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore, graduated in 1934 from Forest Park High School. After graduating from business school, she worked in BTC the 1930s and 1940s in the family property development and management firm.

She was married in 1949 to Aaron Epstein, who survives her.

Services for Mrs. Epstein will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Nancy Wertheimer and Judy "Sam" Norton, both of Mount

Washington; two brothers, Harry Myerberg of Chevy Chase and Sidney Myerberg of Baltimore; a sister, Lillian Morse of Boston; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/12/98

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