Mary Louise Joynes, 83, teacher at Methodist Sunday schools in city

April 08, 2001

Mary Louise Joynes, a Methodist Sunday school teacher for 56 years, died Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital of complications from Parkinson's disease. She was 83.

A longtime Catonsville resident, she had lived at Woodbine's Golden Age Guest Home for about three years.

As a little girl growing up on Allendale Street in West Baltimore, the former Mary Louise Eiting would lead her blind grandfather to Christ Edmondson United Methodist Church every Sunday.

She joined the church and at age 16 became a Sunday school teacher, a position she held until 1982 - the year Mrs. Joynes began teaching at Old Otterbein United Methodist Church. She continued there for eight more years.

After graduating from Western High School in 1936, Mrs. Joynes worked at the old Hutzler Bros. downtown department store, first as a telephone sales representative, then as a receptionist in the beauty salon.

She was married in April 1943 to J. William Joynes, a reporter and Sunday magazine editor for the old Baltimore News-Post and News American.

Family members said Mrs. Joynes was always looking out for others and willing to lend a hand. They recalled an occasion, 20 or more years ago, when her husband ordered a truckload of bricks for a home-improvement project. Mr. Joynes had paid extra for each brick so he would not have to lift them out of the truck.

But when the bricks were delivered, Mrs. Joynes thought the truck driver looked too old and frail for the job. So she seated him on the patio, got him an iced tea and unloaded the bricks herself.

"A lot of things like that would happen," said her son, John William Joynes Jr. of Eldersburg. "Workmen would come to the house and she would feed them. She was always worried about everybody else."

In addition to her son and husband, Mrs. Joynes is survived by a grandson.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

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