Mary Ellen Baileys, 82,Naval Hospital workerMary Ellen...

April 24, 1999

Mary Ellen Baileys, 82,

Naval Hospital worker

Mary Ellen Baileys, former supervisor of medical transcriptions at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, died April 17 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 82.

Mrs. Baileys, a former Bethesda resident, worked at the hospital from 1969 until she retired in 1983 and moved to Cockeysville.

The former Mary Ellen Norton was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., where she graduated from high school. In 1938, she married Daniel R. Baileys Sr., a federal mine inspector. He died in 1969.

Services were held Wednesday at Stella Maris Chapel.

She is survived by a son, Daniel R. Baileys Jr. of Cockeysville; a brother, Joseph J. Norton of Brielle, N.J.; two sisters, Margaret Lewis of Scranton and Rose Noon of Red Bank, N.J.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Ida VonCandle Wright,

109, domestic worker

Ida VonCandle Wright, a retired domestic worker and former longtime West Baltimore resident, died April 17 of pneumonia at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 109.

Mrs Wright, who was a vigorous centenarian, was a domestic most of her life until retiring when she was 90.

In 1993, she moved to a nephew's home in Silver Spring from her North Gilmor Street home, where she had lived for more than 50 years.

"She took care of herself and took an aspirin every day. She didn't drink or smoke and was just a strong, independent woman," said a niece, Helen Quill of Baltimore.

Born Ida Coursey in Rock Hall, she was the daughter of a waterman and a graduate of Kent County public schools.

She married Nelson Wright about the time of World War I, family members said. He died in the early 1930s, and she moved to Baltimore in 1934.

She had been a member for more than 60 years of Morning Star Baptist Church, where she was am usher.

Services were held yesterday evening at the Joseph L. Russ Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wright is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Virginia Marie Genthner, 91,

Marine Hospital therapist

Virginia Marie Genthner, a former Marine Hospital physical therapist, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 91 and had lived on Northview Road in Original Northwood.

The former Virginia M. Dohle was born in Fort Apache, Ariz., where her father, a career noncommissioned officer in the Army Medical Corps, was stationed. She attended parochial schools in Los Angeles before her family moved to Baltimore. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1926 .

She briefly worked for Baltimore's Playground Athletic League before enrolling at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in 1931.

She studied physiotherapy in Dallas and practiced at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., before returning to Baltimore and the old Marine Hospital in Wyman Park to help those injured in World War II maritime action. She was a member of the American Physiotherapy Association.

In 1943, she married Navy Capt. Elmore G. Genthner, who skippered tankers in the Pacific during World War II and later worked for the Military Sea Transportation Service. He died in 1986.

During the 1950s, she accompanied her son, James A. Genthner, now a real estate officer for the Maryland State Highway Administration, on extensive tours of Baltimore's streetcar lines. In 1956, she was photographed while riding the No. 19 Harford Road car on its last day. She was also present on a Little Italy corner when the city's last gas streetlight was extinguished in 1957.

"She loved the downtown and Waverly. She liked nothing better than to go shopping and have a lunch at the Virginia Dare restaurant on Howard Street," her son said.

She was also a gifted Maryland seafood cook. Oyster stew, shad roe, crab cakes and rockfish were among her specialties.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Henry W. Jenkins and Sons Co. funeral home, 4905 York Road.

Her son is her only immediate survivor.

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