Mary B. Saunders Lyles, 97, nurse, churchwoman Mary...

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May 30, 2001

Mary B. Saunders Lyles, 97, nurse, churchwoman

Mary Booker Saunders Lyles, a retired licensed practical nurse, gardener and devoted churchgoer, died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from a stroke. She was 97 and lived in Baltimore.

Born Mary Booker in Pittsburgh, she moved with her family to Evington, Va., where she graduated from high school. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg.

Mrs. Lyles moved to Baltimore at age 20, and met her first husband here, Oakley H. Saunders Sr. The marriage ended in divorce.

Later, she married William M. Lyles, and they lived in the 2600 block of Chelsea Terrace for 40 years. Mr. Lyles died in 1993.

A family biographical sketch said of Mrs. Lyles: "In Baltimore, she lived quietly and worked hard. Mainly she was a practical nurse, but before that, she worked at a number of jobs, including hairdresser, maid, companion and whatever work she could find to maintain herself and her son during hard economic times."

Mrs. Lyles grew flowers in her front and back yards.

Her life revolved around Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore and a circle of friends known as Twenty Women.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Oakley H. Saunders Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Lorraine Calloway of Evington; two half-sisters, Esther Thomas and Clarissa Morman, both of Lynchburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gerald E. Hutchinson, 88, Social Security actuary

Gerald E. Hutchinson, a retired Social Security Administration actuary, died Friday of pneumonia at Berkshire Manor Nursing Home in Reading, Pa. He was 88.

He had lived in Glen Burnie for 50 years and moved to Reading last year.

He began working for the Social Security Administration in 1942 and retired in 1977.

Born in Chariton, Iowa, Mr. Hutchinson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in the early 1930s. He worked as an insurance salesman before moving to Baltimore and joining Social Security.

He was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He was a charter member of Harundale Presbyterian Church and a member of the Harundale Civic Association.

Mr. Hutchinson collected American and United Nations postage stamps and American coins.

In 1948, he married Charlotte Debelius, who died in 1998.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

He is survived by a son, Robert W. Hutchinson of Reading; a daughter, Jeanne A. Gilliard of Morgan Hill, Calif.; two brothers, Merrill Hutchinson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the Rev. Lee Hutchinson of Jonesboro, Ark.; and four grandchildren.

Margaret B. Hamilton, 83, homemaker and gardener

Margaret B. Hamilton, a homemaker and gardener, died Thursday of lung cancer at her Catonsville home. She was 83.

The longtime Catonsville resident enjoyed tending her roses and entertaining her family.

Margaret Brosenne was born in Howard County and raised in Catonsville. She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame.

She worked in the auditing department of the First National Bank from 1945 until 1949.

In 1948, she married Louis M. Hamilton Sr., who survives her.

Mrs. Hamilton was a longtime communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville, where she had been a member of the parish council and the Sodality.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

She also is survived by three sons, Martin Hamilton of Woodbine, and Patrick Hamilton and Timothy Hamilton, both of Catonsville; a daughter, Rose "Trudy" Williams of Catonsville; a brother, Thomas E. Bromine of Las Vegas; two sisters, Irene B. Sears of Tucker, Ga., and Catherine A. Fisher of Catonsville; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Janet Marie Hamilton, died in 1957.

Pearl A. Garrison, 91, homemaker

Pearl A. Garrison, a homemaker who enjoyed attending family reunions, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital of complications from a stroke. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 91.

Family members said she emphasized to her children and grandchildren the importance of an education and the spiritual value of attending church.

In the early 1990s, her family held the first Pearl Garrison Family Reunion in Virginia to celebrate her birthday.

Born Pearl A. Willis in Gloucester, Va., she attended school there through the sixth grade. She moved to Baltimore in 1925 and worked as a housekeeper for many years.

Her marriage to Ernest Alston ended in divorce. She was married for many years to Robert N. Garrison Sr., who died in 1978.

Mrs. Garrison attended New Psalmist Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading romance novels and watching soap operas and game shows on television.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 4905 York Road.

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