Emma Jones McCarthy, 83, beautician, avid gardenerEmma...

July 18, 1999

Emma Jones McCarthy, 83, beautician, avid gardener

Emma Jones McCarthy, a former beautician, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke at her home on the 2800 block of Greenway Drive in Ellicott City. She was 83.

Mrs. McCarthy was born in Princess Anne and raised on the Eastern Shore before moving to Baltimore in 1939 with her husband, Alex McCarthy Jr. Mr. McCarthy, a brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad, died in December. The couple had been married for 61 years.

Mrs. McCarthy was a 1934 graduate of Wicomico High School in Salisbury and played center on the school's basketball team that won the 1934 Tri-County championship. After attending the Baltimore School of Cosmetology she began a career as a beautician that spanned four decades.

She was employed by several beauty salons in Catonsville and Ellicott City and fixed the hair of the deceased for funeral homes.

An avid gardener who enjoyed studying genealogy, she belonged to the Maryland Genealogical Society and the Maryland Historical Society.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at the Harry H. Witzke funeral home in Ellicott City.

Mrs. McCarthy is survived by two sons, Alex "Dave" McCarthy III of Baltimore and Jay P. McCarthy, who lived with his mother in Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

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