Erma Armstrong, 89, retired postal workerErma Armstrong, a...

July 23, 1999

Erma Armstrong, 89, retired postal worker

Erma Armstrong, a retired Postal Service employee, died of a heart ailment Sunday at Liberty Medical Center. She was 89 and lived in Forest Park.

Born in Baltimore, the former Erma Groomes attended local schools and worked at the May Co. department store on Howard Street before joining the Postal Service in 1943. She was a clerk at the downtown post office at Calvert and Fayette streets and retired in 1970.

She married her first husband, Ernest J. Connor, in 1925. He died in 1962.

Funeral services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at Mount Zion Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ, 5501 Liberty Heights Ave.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence W. Armstrong; a son, Roy Connor, and four daughters, Charlotte Connor, Peggy Roane, Shirley Britt and Martha Smith, all of Baltimore; a sister, Naomi G. Johnson of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Wilbur Bridges, 56, artist, longtime art teacher

Wilbur Bridges, a local artist whose delicate pen-and-ink drawings found a place in Baltimore residences for many years, died of cancer Monday at home in Cockeysville. He was 56.

Mr. Bridges taught art in Baltimore County schools for 25 years before retiring in 1989 to devote himself to a full-time career as an artist. Before his retirement, he had spent four years as chairman of the art department at Loch Raven High School.

People knew him primarily for limited edition prints depicting familiar or historic sites in the city: Mount Vernon Square, the Constellation, the National Aquarium, Hampton Mansion, notable architecture on the campuses of Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and the University of Maryland.

When Memorial Stadium closed, he produced drawings of the building that graced the surface of commemorative cups and pennants and other memorabilia. His commissioned design for a state tie was sold by the Maryland Historical Society, and his drawings of show houses appeared annually for several years at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's holiday tour.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Bridges graduated from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1964 and returned later to earn a master's degree in fine arts.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Timonium United Methodist Church, Pot Spring and Chantry roads.

He is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne Beckner; two stepdaughters, Catherine Berwald of Chevy Chase and Christine Miller of Westfield, N.J.; his parents, Ida May and Conley Bridges of Eastwood; three sisters, Linda Bridges of Essex, Roberta Trexler of Eastwood and Dawn McGinty of Abingdon; and a brother, Conley Bridges of Eastwood.

Helen Mae Jones, 70, garment industry worker

Helen Mae Jones, a retired garment industry worker, died Sunday of cancer at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Va. She was 70 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

The former Helen Mae Brew, who was born in Lynchburg, moved to Baltimore in her youth and took evening classes in dressmaking at Frederick Douglass High School.

Until her retirement in 1994, she was a sewing machine operator for London Fog Rainwear and worked as a housekeeper in Baltimore homes.

Her marriage to Jesse Thomas ended in divorce. She then married Blake Jones, a chemical firm worker; he died in 1974.

She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Parklane Baptist Church, 3606 Mohawk Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by a daughter, Theresa Johnson of Baltimore, and three grandsons.

Elsie McKinnon, 82, worked 25 years for Bendix

Elsie McKinnon, a retired Bendix Corp. worker, died Tuesday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 82 and lived in Govans.

Born in Baltimore, the former Elsie Kenny worked for more than 25 years in Bendix's aircraft communications division and retired 20 years ago.

She attended Towson State University and belonged to senior citizen clubs associated with the Knights of Columbus, the Moose and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1934, she married John Bartlett McKinnon, a station superintendent for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He died in 1983.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road.

She is survived by two sons, John Bartlett McKinnon Jr. of Pasadena and James Manson McKinnon II of Westminster; two daughters, Jacqueline Edith Bacigalupa of Baltimore and Ginger McKinnon Teabo Lewis of Atlanta; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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