Mattie O. Myers, 75, caterer, restaurateur in White Marsh

January 01, 1999|By Jacques Kelly and SUN STAFF

Mattie Olean Myers, a retired White Marsh restaurateur and caterer, died Sunday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She was 75 and lived in Chase.

Known for her skills as a cook, she worked in the kitchen of Miller Brothers Restaurant on Fayette Street in Baltimore in the early 1940s and then at Lakeside Restaurant on U.S. 40 in Harford County.

In 1958, she purchased Brown's Grove Inn, known as the Boat House, on Loreley Road at Gunpowder Falls in White Marsh. She also operated a catering business from the restaurant, serving such groups as the Jaycees and the Shriners, and private parties. She retired in 1971.

Mrs. Myers was known for her recipe for a macaroni dish made with five kinds of cheese. She also was adept at frying fish caught in Maryland waters.

Born in rural Harford County, the former Mattie Olean Garrison walked several miles each day to attend Magnolia Elementary School and Havre de Grace High School.

Trained by her mother as a domestic caretaker, she worked for several prominent Baltimore County families. In the 1930s, while employed with the Riepe family, who were friends of the Joseph P. Kennedys, she spent her summers at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, Mass.

"She was not only generous to her own family, but with the many other families she served," said Baltimore County Circuit Judge Barbara Kerr Howe, whose family employed Mrs. Myers. "She was an extremely popular person and a leader in the community."

Mrs. Myers was a member of the Cowenton Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and was a 40-year member of Ford's Asbury Lodge No. 1.

In 1940, she married Sylvester Myers, who died in 1972.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Asbury Methodist Church, Old Philadelphia Road, White Marsh.

She is survived by two sons, Martin S. Myers and Thomas Gregory Dewight Myers, both of White Marsh; three daughters, Sylvia L. Anderson of White Marsh, India Holloway of Los Angeles and Metanasa Drammgh of Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/01/99

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