Eleanor W. O'Neil, 75, owned real estate Eleanor...

April 06, 2001

Eleanor W. O'Neil, 75, owned real estate

Eleanor Woodson O'Neil, who owned real estate investment properties in Fells Point, died Monday of cancer at her Bolton Hill home. She was 75.

After moving to Baltimore in 1982, she purchased and rented properties in Fells Point, on Howard Street and in Anne Arundel County. She also collected and sold antiques and art.

Born in Washington and raised in the Brookland section of Northeast Washington, Eleanor Margaret Woodson was a graduate of Chevy Chase Junior College and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

During World War II, she was a volunteer at the Stage Door Canteen in downtown Washington.

In 1952, she married Frank O'Neil, who died in 1981.

A private memorial service will be held tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Timothy O'Neil of Lewes, Del.; three daughters, Lindsay O'Neil of Columbia, S.C., Tierney Siegel of Chevy Chase and Courtney O'Neil of Alexandria, Va.; a companion, Hugh McCabe of Reston, Va.; and four granddaughters.

Lydia C. Gentry, 95, Sherwood Forest resident

Lydia C. Gentry, a homemaker, died Monday of pneumonia at Genesis Eldercare at Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. She was 95 and had lived in Sherwood Forest since 1931.

Born in Baltimore and raised at Mulberry and Greene streets, the former Lydia Newman was a graduate of the Cathedral School and the Institute of Notre Dame. In the late 1920s, while attending a play, she met E. Haden Gentry, treasurer of Ford's Theatre on Fayette Street. They married in 1931. Mr. Gentry died in 1986.

Mrs. Gentry played golf at Sherwood Forest and enjoyed bridge.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis, where she was a member.

She is survived by a daughter, Rose Machowiak of Sherwood Forest; a sister, Carolyn Jackson of Clearwater, Fla.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Stanley Lewis Howard, 77, Air Force Reserve officer

Stanley Lewis Howard, a retired Air Force Reserve colonel, died Tuesday of complications of pneumonia at Mercy Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Cockeysville.

Until he retired in 1983, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve attached to the 104th Maryland National Guard at Martin State Airport in Middle River. At the end of World War II, he trained as a pilot and bombardier.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Gladstone Avenue in Roland Park, he was a City College graduate and attended the Johns Hopkins University. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

He enjoyed genealogy and was a member of the St. Andrew's Society, the Sons of the Revolution and the Society of the War of 1812, for which he had been corresponding secretary for 14 years.

In 1956, he married Bettie Jean Knight, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Northern Parkway, where he was a life member.

He is also survived by a son, Rodrick Stanley Howard of Boise, Idaho; four daughters, Amanda J.H. Scott of Glyndon, Sarah L. Howard of Vero Beach, Fla., Mary Kay Howard-Strobel of Charlestown, R.I., and Elizabeth M. Shaner of Baltimore; a sister, Elizabeth Hawkins of Solomon's Point; and eight grandchildren.

Hazel M. Phillips, 91, city schools music teacher

Hazel M. Phillips, who taught music in Baltimore public schools for more than 30 years, died of a stroke Sunday at Maryland General Hospital. She was 91.

She lived in the Easterwood Park section of West Baltimore for more than 50 years.

An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Phillips taught piano and music in city schools and retired in 1972.

Born Hazel Mitchell in Bedford, Va., she moved with her family to West Baltimore, where she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1928.

She received a bachelor's degree from Morgan State College in 1932 and a master's degree in music from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mrs. Phillips was active in Morgan alumni affairs and was a member of the Monumental Medical Wives Association, Music Educators of America, and the Gamma and Alpha Zeta chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

In 1933, she married Dr. G. Franklin Phillips Sr., a Baltimore physician and surgeon who was killed in 1981.

The couple were members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and many other political and social organizations.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St., where she was a longtime member and had directed the junior choir.

She is survived by a son, George Franklin Phillips Jr. of Easterwood Park; a daughter, Anastatia Phillips-Benton of Forest Park; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

Emil R. Byers, 69, General Motors employee

Emil R. Byers, a retired autoworker, died Monday of an aneurysm at his Hampden home. He was 69.

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