Mary Carson, 90, Hochshild Kohn sales associate, 0...

November 08, 1998

Mary Carson, 90, Hochshild Kohn sales associate, 0) homemaker

Mary Carson, a Baltimore native who formerly worked for the (( old Hochschild Kohn and Hamburger's stores, died of heart failure Wednesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was 90.

The former Mary Shapiro graduated from Eastern High School in 1926. Afterward, she worked as a sales associate at Hochschild Kohn until she married Israel Carson in 1931.

The couple settled in Northwest Baltimore, where Mrs. Carson became a housewife and raised three children.

She later worked part time at the Hamburger's clothing store in Reisterstown Plaza.

Deeply interested in education throughout her life, Mrs. Carson enrolled at what is now Towson University when she was in her 50s and took undergraduate classes for two years.

She also pursued a lifelong interest in several other subjects, including health care trends and personal investing.

She is a former member of the Oheb Shalom Congregation.

The couple moved in 1972 to Fort Lauderdale, where Mrs. Carson was surrounded by many of her relatives for her 90th birthday, two days before she died.

In addition to her husband of 67 years, she is survived by her son, Larry Carson of Columbia, a reporter for The Sun; two daughters, Gischa Friedman of Silver Spring, and Jo Ann Middleman of San Diego; a brother, Harry Shapiro of Tamarac, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at noon today at the B'nai Israel Congregation Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave., Baltimore.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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