Frances Case Blough, 92, Social Security employee...

March 23, 2001

Frances Case Blough, 92, Social Security employee

Frances Case Blough, a former Social Security Administration clerical worker, died Tuesday at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City of complications from a stroke. She was 92.

The longtime Catonsville resident had lived in Ivy Manor Chestnut, an Ellicott City group home, for several years.

Mrs. Blough worked in SSA's Medicare Division at Woodlawn from 1958 until she retired in 1970.

Born Frances Case in Bealeton, Va., she moved to Denton in Caroline County in 1913 and graduated from high school there. She was a 1927 graduate of State Normal School, now Towson University, where she earned a teaching certificate.

That year, she married Joseph B. Blough, a Sun Linotype operator. He died in 1980.

She taught school in Denton for three years until moving to Baltimore in 1937.

In retirement, she traveled to all 50 states, crossed Canada by rail and visited Australia.

Mrs. Blough was known for her Pennsylvania Dutch-style cooking and entertaining.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, 1000 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, where she had led the Altar Guild for many years and where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Riley of Ellicott City and Fran Wilson of Elkridge; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Gertrude E. Wright, 85, store sales associate

Gertrude E. Wright, a former department store sales associate and a retired Social Security employee, died Monday at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville of heart disease. She was 85 and lived in Catonsville.

Mrs. Wright was a linen department sales associate at the Hochschild, Kohn & Co. store in Edmondson Village in the late 1950s and 1960s. She then worked for the Social Security Administration and retired in 1983 as a file clerk.

The former Gertrude Mahoney was born in The Bronx, N.Y., where she graduated from high school.

She married Paul H. Wright Jr. in 1943. He died in 1983.

Mrs. Wright was the senior regent of Catonsville Moose Lodge and was a member of the Oella Sunshine Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Catonsville. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the St. Agnes Hospice Association.

In 1989, she was given a Good Neighbor Award by radio station WCAO.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where she was a member.

She is survived by three sons, Paul H. Wright III of Owings Mills, Richard M. Wright of Catonsville and Robert A. Wright of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Barbara Ann Turner of Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Patricia L. Wright of Seattle; and 14 grandchildren.

Dona Maria Haynes, 63, health department worker

Dona Maria Haynes, a former administrative assistant in the Baltimore County Health Department, died March 15 of lung cancer at her Lutherville home. She was 63.

Until retiring on a medical disability in 1998, Mrs. Haynes had worked in the county Health Department for 20 years.

Earlier, she held a similar job with the Baltimore regional office of Ford Motor Co. and, during the 1950s and early 1960s, with the Baltimore Colts.

Dona M. Weiss was born in Sellersville, Pa., and moved to Pikesville as a child. She was a graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

In 1958, she married Joseph Mannion, who died in 1966. Her marriage to George R. Haynes ended in divorce.

Mrs. Haynes was a "swimmer's mom" with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. She collected statues of angels and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph P. Haynes of Dundalk and Michael R. Haynes of Woodruff, S.C.; a daughter, Kathleen G. Heying of Hamilton; and two grandchildren.

David R. Mickel, 39, communications salesman

David R. Mickel, a telecommunications sales representative, died Wednesday of a brain tumor at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 39 and lived in Eldersburg.

At his death, Mr. Mickel was Maryland sales representative for Chesapeake Communications, where he had worked for more than 10 years. The company specializes in sophisticated telecommunications equipment that is used worldwide in U.S. embassies.

He was born in Williamson, W.Va., and raised in Richmond, Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Towson University.

In 1991, he married Dorothy J. Kappert, who survives him.

Mr. Mickel enjoyed entertaining his neighbors with the scale- model rockets he built and launched. He also liked vacationing in Aruba and Nags Head, N.C.

He was an avid golfer and tennis player.

He was a longtime communicant of Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Richmond.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9102 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

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