Etta C. Plowden, 83, school cafeteria workerEtta C...

October 02, 1998

Etta C. Plowden, 83, school cafeteria worker

Etta C. Plowden, a former Baltimore County public school employee, died Sept. 25 of Alzheimer's disease at her Cockeysville home. She was 83.

A native of Ditchley, Va., the former Etta Carter moved to Maryland in 1941 and married Isaac Plowden that year. Mr. Plowden died in 1985.

She was a homemaker and a maintenance and cafeteria worker at Lutherville Elementary School from 1954 to 1987.

She enjoyed cooking and doing missionary work for Berean Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore, where she was a member.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by three sons, Paul Plowden of Palm Beach, Fla., Mitchell Plowden of Charleston, S.C., and George Plowden of Baltimore; a daughter, Dr. Joan Arrington of Cockeysville; three sisters, Eloise Cox, Adlena Caster and Jessie Cockrell, all of Kilmarnock, Va.; 30 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Florence McG. Brennan, 98, homemaker and gardener

Florence McG. Brennan, a homemaker and gardener, died Sunday in her sleep at Fairhaven. She was 98.

She had lived at the Sykesville retirement community since 1982, and previously was a longtime resident of Ruxton.

An avid flower gardener, she was a member of the Hardy Garden Club and the Garden Club of America. She had been a commissioner of the Girl Scouts and vice president of the Women's Board of Children's Hospital.

The former Florence McGarry was born in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the Marlboro School in 1918. In the 1920s, she married Joseph T. Brennan II, a senior partner of the Baltimore law firm of Niles, Barton and Wilmer, who died in 1982.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Fairhaven, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph T. Brennan III of Glyndon and Anthony L. Brennan of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Richard F. Cohn, 45, attorney, director of firm

Richard F. Cohn, managing director of a Baltimore law firm, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 45 and lived in Timonium.

A corporate and real estate attorney, he had been managing director of Blum, Yumkas, Mailman, Gutman & Denick since 1988. He began practicing law in 1978.

The Pikesville native earned a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in 1975. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1978 and received a master's degree in business from Loyola College in the early 1980s.

He was on the board of electors and treasurer of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, and was a member of the board and finance committee of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.

He was commissioner of the boys under-8 soccer team and coach of the boys under-14 soccer team of the Lutherville-Timonium Recreational Council, where he also was a board member.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Katharine A. Powell; a son, Peter D. Cohn; two daughters, Erica A. Cohn and Elisabeth A. Cohn, all at home; and his father, Irving F. Cohn of Pikesville.

Zelma C. Brooks Hughes, 94, housekeeper

Zelma Columbia Brooks Hughes, a retired housekeeper, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Towson. The East Baltimore resident was 94.

From the 1930s until she retired in 1973, Mrs. Hughes was a housekeeper for a Northwest Baltimore household.

A native of Pittsburgh, the former Zelma Brooks moved to Baltimore as a child and graduated from city public schools. In 1933, she married Eugene J. Hughes, who died in 1992.

She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a card-playing club.

For many years she was a member of Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., where a memorial service is set for noon Oct. 10.

She is survived by many cousins and nieces.

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