Evelyn Jean Brawner, 73, collected elephant figures...

May 05, 2001

Evelyn Jean Brawner, 73, collected elephant figures

Evelyn Jean Brawner, a homemaker and collector of elephants made of porcelain and other materials, died Sunday of ovarian cancer at her Glen Burnie home. She was 73.

Mrs. Brawner, who had lived in Glen Burnie for more than 36 years, also enjoyed flower gardening.

She had more than 100 elephants displayed in her home, said family members.

"Each Friday, she'd go to Hogan Auctioneering in Cockeysville, looking for elephants," said a daughter, Patricia Kinlein of Annapolis. "Some of them were made of porcelain, wood, cloth and ivory. People brought them to her from all over the world."

FOR THE RECORD - Evelyn Jean Brawner: In an obituary for Evelyn Jean Brawner that appeared Saturday, the name of a survivor was omitted. She is also survived by a son, John W. Brawner III of Glen Burnie.
The Sun regrets the error.

Born Evelyn Jean Mason in Penn Run, Pa., Mrs. Brawner earned a General Educational Development diploma and moved to Baltimore in the 1940s.

In 1951, she married John W. Brawner Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer, who survives her.

She was a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. May 12.

She also is survived by another daughter, Sherry Copeland of Erie, Pa.; two brothers, George Mason of Baden, Pa., and Roger Mason of Baltimore; two sisters, Marge Wadding of Dayton, Pa., and Honey Anderson of York, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.

Robert Wilson, 71, veteran, Bethlehem Steel employee

Robert G. Wilson, a retired Bethlehem Steel employee, decorated Korean War veteran and veterans official, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Perry Point Medical Center in Cecil County. He was 71 and lived in Bel Air.

Until he retired in 1975, he was a Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point timekeeper.

While serving in the Army as a private first class during the Korean War, he was severely wounded by an exploding mortar shell. He received the Purple Heart, two bronze service stars, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

He was elected state commander of the Disabled American Veterans and served from 1972-1973. He was staff chief for the organization's national commander in 1985-1986.

A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Purple Heart Organization, he served on the Maryland Korean War Memorial commission. He was present at the memorial's dedication on Boston Street in Canton in 1990.

Born in Vesterburg, Pa., he was reared in Hancock and graduated from Warfordsburg High School.

He was married to Nancy L. Wilson, who survives him.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway, Bel Air.

Mr. Wilson also is survived by two sons, Glendon R. Wilson of Baltimore and Michael T. Wilson of Bel Air; a daughter, Michele L. Alexander of Bel Air; a stepson, Frederick F. Hatfield of Baltimore; two brothers, Vernon MacCumbee of Hagerstown and George MacCumbee of Baltimore; two sisters, Ruth Henry and Lois MacCumbee, both of Hagerstown; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Cole Dell, 82, longtime volunteer

Evelyn Cole Dell, a longtime volunteer who maintained a lengthy interest in American antiques, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in the Orchards section of North Baltimore. She was 82.

Mrs. Dell's spirit of volunteerism began as a teen-ager, when she volunteered in the children's ward at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was a member for years of the Women's Auxiliary of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Later, she volunteered and served as chairman of Maryland Children's Aid, which is now Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.

Mrs. Dell was a founding member of the organizations Antiques Seminar, which for 30 years has held an annual antiques show and fund-raiser at Hunt Valley.

She also was one of the four founders of the Monumental Chapter of the Questers, a national organization interested in the study of fine arts and early American craftsmanship.

She worked as a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art after completing its training course, working on such programs as the Charles Carroll of Carrollton exhibition. She also was a member of the museum's Friends of the American Wing and the now-defunct Women's Committee of the BMA. She also was a member of the United States Federation of Friends of Museums.

Mrs. Dell's personal collecting interests centered on 18th-century American furniture.

Born Evelyn Cole and raised in Wyman Park, she was a graduate of the Girls' Latin School. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Goucher College in 1938.

She was married in 1939 to Samuel M. Dell Jr., a retired Baltimore businessman, who survives her.

She enjoyed traveling and playing bridge and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 12 in the chapel of St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road in Brooklandville.

She also is survived by two sons, Samuel M. Dell III of Brussels, Belgium, and Edward C. Dell of Cockeysville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Elsewhere

Robert McKinley `Uncle Bob' Douglas, a renowned mountain fiddler who debuted at the Grand Ole Opry at age 100 last year, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Dayton, Tenn. He was 101.

Otis L. Guernsey Jr., the leading chronicler of Broadway theater in the 20th century, died Wednesday. He was 82. Among his credits were two original stories for Hollywood movies, including Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest."

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