Linda Lowe Morris, 52, Sun feature writer, author Linda...

February 09, 2000

Linda Lowe Morris, 52, Sun feature writer, author

Linda Lowe Morris, a former Sun feature writer and children's book author, died Monday of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 52 and lived in Phoenix.

For nearly 15 years she wrote about Maryland's gardens, homes and foods, topics that consumed her interest.

In the late 1970s she began a weekly gardening column entitled "Grow Your Own." She interviewed Brooklyn day-lily propagators, volunteers at the Cylburn Arboretum and Stewartstown, Pa., rhododendron growers.

Her column established itself with readers, who often wrote and called her with their suggestions and comments. She joined the paper as a full-time reporter in 1981 and wrote numerous articles for its "Maryland Kitchen" section.

"Linda was an unusually gentle person. That came through in her writing, too. When I first met her, she was still a music student at the Peabody. She would write a story as if she was performing a piece of music," said James Bock, a former Sun editor who lives in Columbia.

Born in Pylesville on her family's farm, she grew up in the rolling landscape of Harford County. She was a graduate of North Harford High School, where she played in the school band. She studied the flute at the Peabody Conservatory but left the school shortly before her graduation.

She later resumed her studies and was a 1979 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in nutritional research.

Her children's book, "Morning Milking," with illustrations by artist David DeRan, was published in 1991.

She later covered local news in Carroll County and was a copy editor. She left The Sun in 1995 and lived on a 5-acre tract in Phoenix, where she kept a large organic garden.

In 1973, she married Ted Shelsby, a Sun business reporter. He survives her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Presbyterian Church, 701 Highland Road, Street, Harford County.

She is also survived by her sister, Frances Morris McNear of Lutherville; and two nephews, David R. McNear of Baltimore and Christopher K. McNear of Fort Campbell, Ky.

Vernon Amos Krout, 79, maintenance worker

Vernon Amos Krout, a retired Noxell Corp. maintenance worker, died Feb. 2 of cancer at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Linthicum. He was 79.

The 50-year Severn resident retired from Noxell's Hunt Valley plant in 1982 after working there for 26 years. Earlier, he had been a streetcar motorman and bus driver for Baltimore Transit Co.

He was born and raised in the Woodberry section of Baltimore and graduated from city public schools. During World War II, he was an engineer aboard Army Air Forces bombers in Asia. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.

He was married in 1942 to Virginia King, who died in 1984.

He was a member of Severn Baptist Church, where services were held Saturday.

Anna James Meade, 86, fuel company bookkeeper

Anna James Meade, a former Baltimore resident and bookkeeper, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Genesis Eldercare in Easton. She was 86.

The former resident of Baltimore's Pimlico neighborhood, Mrs. Meade worked as a bookkeeper from 1960 to 1970 for Enterprise Fuel Co. in Baltimore.

In 1933, she married Robert T. Meade Jr. After he retired from Koontz Dairy in 1968, the couple moved to Millsboro, Del.

Born Anna James, she was raised in Easton and was a 1930 graduate of Easton High School.

She attended St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton. Services were held yesterday in Easton.

She is survived by a son, Robert J. Meade of Easton; a daughter, Dorothy Ann Zerrlaut of Westminster; a sister, Helen J. Oehlrich of Easton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

George E. Cumberland, 80, elevator mechanic

George Edgar Cumberland, a retired elevator mechanic, died of cancer Sunday at his Kingsville home. He was 80.

Beginning in 1950, he helped build elevators for General Elevator Co. He retired in 1982.

He was married for 53 years to Genevieve Jenkins, who died in 1994.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road, Bradshaw.

He is survived by two sons, George G. Cumberland of Kingsville and David T. Cumberland of Miller Island; a daughter, Carol Ann Hannan of Kingsville; a brother, Henry Cumberland of Farmingham, N.C., and a sister, Clara Blair, of Abingdon; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Marie Anna Toomer, 83, homemaker, cosmetologist

Marie Anna Toomer, a homemaker and former Baltimore cosmetologist, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. The Sherwood Forest resident was 83.

Born Marie Anna Ferguson in southern Baltimore, the longtime Northwood resident was a 1933 graduate of Eastern High School.

She was married in the 1930s to Maurice S. Toomer. Mr. Toomer died in 1990.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

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