Janet G. Yearley, 81, museum docent, gardener Janet G...

January 16, 2001

Janet G. Yearley, 81, museum docent, gardener

Janet G. Yearley, a Ruxton homemaker, museum docent and gardener, died Friday at Northwest Hospital Center of complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

Mrs. Yearley grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and attended Greenwich Academy, Madeira School in Washington and schools in Switzerland and France.

She was the daughter of Frances Sparks Grosset and Alexander Grosset, a co-founder of Grosset and Dunlap, a publishing company in New York City.

In 1942, she married Dorsey Yearley of Baltimore.

During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross in New York while her husband was stationed overseas. The couple lived in Ruxton from 1945 until 1985. They divorced in 1987.

Mrs. Yearley was an avid gardener and flower arranger. She served on the Altar Guild at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, arranging the flowers for Sunday services, Mr. Yearley said.

She was also a member of the Hardy Garden Club in Ruxton and served on the national board of the Garden Clubs of America, he said.

Mrs. Yearley was a docent at the Walters Art Gallery during the 1970s and a volunteer server at Paul's Place soup kitchen. She also taught reading to adults during the 1980s.

During the three years before her death, she lived at Copper Ridge, a facility for Alzheimer's patients in Sykesville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave.

She is survived by three sons, Alexander Yearley of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Graham Yearley of Baltimore and M. Church Yearley of Ruxton; a daughter, Mallory Waterman of Wayne, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

W. Thomas Grahn, 70, box office manager

W. Thomas Grahn, the Vagabond Players' box office manager, died Thursday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in Irvington.

Mr. Grahn greeted legions of theatergoers at the Fells Point playhouse and its earlier locations, and made coffee that was served during intermissions. He was a member of the play-reading committee and a vice president on the board of governors for many years.

He began his association with the theater group in the early 1950s, when his mother, the late Agnes Grahn, was an actress and prop mistress.

"Much of the success of the Vagabonds during the last 30 years was due to Tom's rapport with our subscribers," said John Bruce Johnson, president of the organization. "They felt they had a real friend at the box office."

A former member of the Paint and Powder Club, Mr. Grahn appeared as one of the ballerinas in an all-male version of "Swan Lake" choreographed by Charlotte Lochte at the Alcazar Ballroom in Mount Vernon.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in West Baltimore, he graduated from Loyola High School in 1949 and Loyola College in 1953, after which he served in the Army until 1955.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Roman Catholic Church in Irvington.

A funeral Mass was offered Saturday .

He is survived by a sister, Molly Queralt, and a nephew, Juan Queralt, both of Dallas; and a niece, Margarita Mirkil of Dana Point, Calif.

Marjorie Bromwell Little, 92, homemaker, volunteer

Marjorie Bromwell Little, a homemaker and bridge enthusiast, died Jan. 8 of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 92.

The former longtime resident of Springlake Way in Homeland had lived since 1993 at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson.

Mrs. Little was a secretary during the 1930s at University Hospital when she met and later married Dr. Luther E. Little in 1936. He died in 1976.

She was a longtime volunteer with the women's auxiliary at the hospital and worked in its free clinics.

Mrs. Little was born and raised in Madison, Dorchester County, where she was educated.

She was an avid bridge player and was a life master. She enjoyed traveling by steamship and had been librarian of the Washington Custis chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A memorial service was held Saturday .

She is survived by a son, Dr. Richard W. Little of Timonium; two daughters, Marjorie Sue Diehl of Roland Park and Carol Lynn Featherston of Timonium; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.

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