Mary M. Dowling, 95, Red Cross volunteer

July 05, 1999

Mary M. Dowling, a Red Cross volunteer who recently celebrated her 20th anniversary with the group, died of a heart attack Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 95.

A resident of Walker Mews Apartments in Cedarcroft, she had lived in Waverly for many years.

She and her close friend, Marian Eichler, 96, earned the nickname the "Tuesday Ladies," for the day they did volunteer work. They were a familiar sight at blood drives throughout the Baltimore area. In recent years, they confined their activities to clerical work and bulk mailings.

Last year, Mrs. Dowling and Ms. Eichler were invited to Red Cross headquarters in Washington where they had lunch with Elizabeth Hanford Dole, then the organization's president.

The former Mary M. Getz was born and raised in Waverly and graduated from city public schools.

She worked for a number of years for the Bob Evans Uniform Co., where she met her husband, Samuel A. Dowling, whom she married in 1954. He died in 1979.

She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

She is survived by two nieces, Mary Alice Harvey of Towson and Patricia Ford of Ocean Pines; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

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