Mickey Case, 79, member of Women's Civic League

May 02, 2001|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Mickey B. Case, a member of the Women's Civic League who helped organize the group's annual Flower Mart in Baltimore, died Saturday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The longtime Roland Park resident was 79.

The former Northwood resident had lived in Roland Park since 1970.

Mrs. Case had recently been re-elected to another term on the board of the Women's Civic League.

Since the late 1960s, she also had been a member of the group's Roland Park chapter, where she had served as chairwoman. In that capacity, she helped organize the chapter's neighborhood booth for the Flower Mart, the annual spring festival held in Mount Vernon.

The Women's Civic League founded the Flower Mart in 1911 and sponsored the event until 1999, when it transferred responsibility to another group.

Mrs. Case and her fellow volunteers were known for the crispy, light golden brown crab cakes that they dispensed from the Roland Park booth.

"We would be there setting up at 7 a.m.," said Eleanor S. Wilson of Roland Park, a friend and longtime league member. "She was unflappable, a hard worker and enjoyable to work with. And Mickey was well-liked by everybody."

Mrs. Wilson recalled the pressures of Flower Mart days - pressures that were softened by Mrs. Case's easy laugh. "She was always in the middle of it," she said.

A daughter, Lynda Lambert of Roland Park, recalled her mother's energy on Flower Mart day. "She'd be on her feet for 10 hours serving crab cakes on crackers, but she loved it because she enjoyed the camaraderie and liked people," she said.

"I think the last one she worked on was the 1998 Flower Mart," said Laura P. Curran of Roland Park, a friend of 25 years.

"She helped wherever she could, and she was interested in the league's projects. She had been a member of the group's 9 Front Street Committee, which restored and opened in 1979 the house near the Shot Tower on Front Street that had once been the home of Mayor Thorowgood Smith," Mrs. Curran said.

In earlier years, Mrs. Case had volunteered at Roland Park Elementary School, where she helped produce a school cookbook.

In the 1950s, she was active with the Girl Scouts and served on the board of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

Mickey Bowman was born in Baltimore and spent several years in Hampstead, Carroll County, before returning to Charles Village. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1941.

Mrs. Case was a junior in high school when she began dating Lee Case, a student at McDonogh School. They married in 1942.

She worked as a shipping clerk for a Baltimore food broker while studying interior design at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Mr. Case, who became a WCBM Radio personality known as the "Morning Mayor," died in 1990.

"When she would use a credit card in a store, people would ask, `Are you married to Lee Case, the radio announcer?' She was so pleased that everyone knew Daddy. They really were quite a couple," Ms. Lambert said.

Mrs. Case enjoyed gardening, camping and visiting Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Other survivors include a son, Joshua Case of San Diego; another daughter, Dacy Bellingham of Reston, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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