Marjorie Ruff Stanfield, 97, helped run family farm

January 05, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Marjorie Ruff Stanfield, a lifelong Randallstown resident and volunteer, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Robosson Court Nursing Center in Randallstown. She was 97.

Mrs. Stanfield spent all but the last six months of her life in the granite house that her father, Seymour W. Ruff, a prominent Baltimore stonemason and contractor, built in the late 1800s. "She wanted to die in that house, but it wasn't possible," said a son, Richard Stanfield of Baltimore.

After graduating from Randallstown High School, Mrs. Stanfield attended business school. During the early 1920s, she taught second and third grades at Johnnycake Elementary School before going to work for her father's company, S. W. Ruff & Sons, a general contractor on East Fayette Street in Baltimore.

In 1929, she married Edward F. Stanfield Sr., a dairy farmer, and the couple settled down on a 78-acre farm in Randallstown that included the house her father had built. Mr. Stanfield died in 1979.

"She helped my father run the dairy farm that had a herd of Holstein cows," Richard Stanfield said. "She also had her chickens and raised flower and vegetable gardens. Liberty Road was still a gravel and dirt road, and they used to take produce to Baltimore by wagon in those days. She also used to travel around during that time in a pony cart."

Long active in community affairs, Mrs. Stanfield was a member of the auxiliary of the old Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital Center, and Springfield Hospital Center's where she helped establish the canteen. For many years, she was custodian of equipment for Randallstown Health Center.

She was a charter member of the Fieldstone Garden Club and the Women's Club of Randallstown. She was a member of the Randallstown Homemakers' Club, the Randallstown Book Club and Mount Olive United Methodist Church.

"The community was close-knit then, and she was always active in community service," Mr. Stanfield said. "That's the way she lived her life, and it rubbed off on her children."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Loring Byers funeral home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

In addition to Mr. Stanfield, she is survived by another son, Edward F. Stanfield Jr. of Randallstown; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/05/99

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