Alice Elizabeth Hughes, 89, retired defense worker...

July 09, 2000

Alice Elizabeth Hughes, 89, retired defense worker

Alice Elizabeth Hughes, a retired defense worker, died July 4 at Bon Secours Hospital of complications from a brain tumor and stroke. She was 89 and lived in northwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Hughes worked for more than 30 years on the assembly line at the Glenn L. Martin Co., moving to Baltimore from North Carolina in 1942 to be a part of the war effort.

Born Alice Elizabeth Betts in the town of Somora, N.C., she married Oscar Hughes, a man she knew from her hometown, in 1947 after he moved to Maryland to work for the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

Mrs. Hughes was active in the church. In 1976, after the couple had attended separate churches for almost 30 years, Mrs. Hughes left the Enon Baptist Church to join her husband at the Bethel A.M.E. Church on Druid Hill Avenue.

She also was an accomplished baker and for years shipped her cakes and hot rolls to family members across the country.

Mrs. Hughes was preceded in death by her husband and her son, Wallace Lindbergh Betts.

She is survived by five brothers, the Rev. James T. Betts of Philadelphia, James S. Bailey of Baltimore and Festus Betts, Rufus Betts and Howard Betts, all of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Frances Coleman of Washington and Dorothy Betts of Silver Spring; and a stepmother, Mary Jane Betts of Washington.

Services were held yesterday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Patsy Ann Burton, 65, homemaker, teacher

Patsy Ann Burton, a homemaker and elementary school teacher who later oversaw operations at two family businesses, died Wednesday of heart failure in Morgantown, W.Va. She was 65 and had lived in the Baltimore area for 46 years.

Mrs. Burton taught fifth grade for several years during the 1950s, working in the school systems of Anne Arundel and St. Mary's counties before she left teaching to raise her family.

During the 1980s, with her children grown, Mrs. Burton managed two family businesses for about 10 years. One was a pool table manufacturing company started in the family's Towson garage; the other was a furniture frame factory that the Burtons bought as an extension of the billiards company.

Born Patsy Ann Reed in Clay County, W.Va., Mrs. Burton graduated from Clay County High School in 1952 and from West Virginia University's School of Journalism and Advertising in 1955.

She met her husband, Dr. John Paul Burton, during college. The two married in December 1954. After graduation, they moved to Baltimore, where Mr. Burton completed his medical and surgical training. The couple lived most of the past 40 years in Towson.

An animal lover and horse enthusiast, Mrs. Burton was also involved with the Future Homemakers of America and the Alpha Zeta Delta sorority.

She also was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Burton of Baltimore; three sons, David Reed Burton of Mason Neck, Va., Paul Steven Burton of Fayetteville, N.C., and John Philip Burton of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother, Roger Kent Reed of Hanover, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

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