Julia Ambler Russell, 75, volunteer, gardener Julia...

January 02, 2001

Julia Ambler Russell, 75, volunteer, gardener

Julia Ambler Russell, a longtime Green Spring Valley neighborhood volunteer and gardener, died Saturday at her home in Owings Mills from lung disease. She was 75.

Julia Chase Ambler was born in Asheville, N.C. When she moved to Baltimore in 1948, she joined the Junior League of Baltimore.

FOR THE RECORD - E. Robert Kent: An obituary for E. Robert Kent published in yesterday's editions of The Sun misstated the day of funeral services. Services for Mr. Kent, co-founder of the Poole & Kent mechanical contracting firm who died Saturday, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church, 144 Conduit St., Annapolis. The Sun regrets the error.

She worked for 40 years directing the overseas operations of one of Baltimore's oldest companies, Burns and Russell, a masonry company established in 1790.

Mrs. Russell, an avid gardener who relatives say "loved to dig in the dirt," was a member of the Green Spring Valley Garden Club. She was also a member of the Mount Vernon Club, the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and maintained a lifetime membership at the Biltmore Forest Country Club in North Carolina. Mrs. Russell also founded the Ladies Aid Society, a Green Spring Valley neighborhood organization that assisted members of the community.

"She was behind everything," said her daughter, Beaumont Russell Martin of Owings Mills.

She enjoyed traveling and especially loved the beach - "putting her toes in the sand and listening to the sound of the ocean," Ms. Martin said. "She had a sense of humor that just wouldn't quit."

Services will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in Garrison, where Mrs. Russell was a member and longtime volunteer. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Alexander H. Russell V; another daughter, Frances Russell Rockwell of Owings Mills; a sister, Mary Sagar; a brother, Arthur Chase Ambler of Asheville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

Daniel John Slafkosky, 20, Marine, fought Idaho fires

Daniel John Slafkosky, a Marine and 1998 graduate of Catonsville High School, died Saturday in a car accident. He was 20.

Stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Mr. Slafkosky was an amphibious assault vehicle driver with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which was his grandfather's outfit during World War II.

After joining the Marine Corps in December 1998, Mr. Slafkosky received numerous awards for fighting forest fires last fall in Idaho. Born in West Point, N.Y., Mr. Slafkosky was raised in the Baltimore-Catonsville area. He was a letterman on the varsity lacrosse team at Catonsville High, a member of the yearbook staff and a member of Young Life.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mark Catholic Church in Catonsville. Interment will follow at Loudon Park Cemetery.

Mr. Slafkosky is survived by his parents, David and Michelle Slafkosky; two brothers, Kevin and Alex Slafkosky; one sister, Sarah Slafkosky, all of Catonsville; grandparents Alexander and Margaret Slafkosky of Annapolis and Peter and Cecilia Schmidt of Kent Island; six uncles; six aunts; and 12 cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to My Brother's Keeper, c/o Sister Elizabeth Greim, 4121 Frederick Road, Catonsville 21229.

E. Robert Kent, 87, Shriner and yachtsman

E. Robert Kent, an Annapolis Shriner and avid yachtsman, died Saturday of a stroke at Heritage Harbour Health Center. He was 87.

A Baltimore native and graduate of Polytechnic Institute in 1930 and the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Kent co-founded Poole & Kent Co., a mechanical contracting company, in 1947.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Kent, a Sherwood Forest resident for 53 years, had been a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club since 1949. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve of Annapolis, the Navy League and the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church on Conduit Street in Annapolis.

Mr. Kent is survived by a son, E. Robert Kent Jr., of Baltimore; a daughter, Susan Kent DiLonardo of Towson; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mr. Kent's wife, Marian Mueller Kent, died in 1978. Memorial contributions may be made to the E. Robert Kent Scholarship Fund, University of Maryland, College Park.

Carol S. Kays, 59, Baltimore social worker

Carol S. Kays, a former Baltimore City social worker, died Saturday at her Lutherville home of complications from multiple sclerosis. She was 59.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, until illness prevented full-time work, Mrs. Kays was a social worker at the Baltimore Department of Social Services and later returned as a part-time volunteer.

Born Carol Jane Stinchcomb, she attended Eastern High School and was a graduate of Gettysburg College. Mrs. Kays was a founding member of the Aylesbury Road Literary Society in 1984.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Bradley Kays; two daughters, Alexis Rautio of Boston and Laura Kays of Northampton, Mass.; her mother, Alta Stinchcomb of Baltimore; two sisters, Alta Lee O'Neill of Gaithersburg and Corinne Jones of Baltimore; and two grandsons, Nathaniel and Bradley Rautio of Boston. She also is survived by her constant companion for many years, Dorothy Samuals.

Meaghan Patricia Gahan, 29, manager of clothing store

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