Beatrice O'Neill-Francis, 87, linguist with NSA...

October 05, 2001

Beatrice O'Neill-Francis, 87, linguist with NSA

Beatrice M. O'Neill-Francis, a retired National Security Agency linguist, died Monday at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore. The Catonsville resident was 87.

Mrs. O'Neill-Francis, who was fluent in French, worked for the agency at Fort Meade for 20 years until retiring in 1980.

Beatrice Marcoux was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass. She studied nursing before moving to Baltimore in 1936 and going to work for the newly created Social Security Administration, then headquartered in the Candler Building.

In 1939, she married Harry J. O'Neill Sr., a car salesman who died in 1982. In 1988, she married John P. Francis Sr., an electrical engineer who died in 1997.

She was a member and past state regent of the Catholic Daughters of America, a member of the National Parliamentarian Association, and volunteered for the Red Cross and at Charlestown Retirement Community.

Survivors include three sons, Harry J. O'Neill Jr. of Westminster, Michael A. O'Neill of Catonsville and Kevin C. O'Neill of Roland Park; a daughter, Patricia A. Wallace of Simpsonville, S.C.; a sister, Jeannette Harvey of Lawrence, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. O'Neill-Francis was a communicant and member for more than 40 years of the Sodality of St. William of York Roman Catholic Church, at Edmondson Avenue and Cooks Lane, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Dorothy K. Stephan, 77, nurse, preservationist

Dorothy K. Stephan, a retired nurse who restored a historic Howard County home, died Monday of heart failure while visiting her daughter in Portsmouth, R.I. She was 77 and lived in Ellicott City.

Before she retired in the early 1980s, she had been a nurse at University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Sheppard Pratt, Taylor Manor and Harbor hospitals.

Mrs. Stephan collected antiques. When an aunt gave her an old spinning wheel, she decided it would look better in a different setting - so she bought and restored the 1757 Woodley, a home on St. John's Lane in Ellicott City. She opened it for the 1976 House and Garden Pilgrimage.

She was a member of Historic Ellicott City and its board. She also was chairwoman of the Armagh show house and helped in the restoration of the Ellicott City Log Cabin on Main Street.

Born in Parkton, Dorothy Kidd was raised on her family's farm in New Freedom, Pa. She was a 1947 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Martin Stephan; three daughters, Barbara Perez of San Clemente, Calif., Marsha Sweetser of Catonsville and Heidi Roberts of Portsmouth, R.I.; two brothers, Charles S. Kidd of Arnold and Harry C. Kidd of Aberdeen; four sisters, Helen Zeigler of Glen Rock, Pa., Margie Tate of Chandler, Ariz., Jean Lowe of Tiptonville, Tenn., and Ruth Jowais of Deltona, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, 1200 Linden Ave., Arbutus.

Gladys J. Carey, 92, psychiatric nurse

Gladys J. Carey, a retired psychiatric nurse and lifelong Severna Park resident, died in her sleep Tuesday at Genesis Eldercare Severna Park Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Carey was born and lived her entire life in a 19th-century Severna Park bungalow that had been purchased by her father, the Rev. Lewis Jeffries, at the turn of the 20th century. Her father had moved from Yanceyville, N.C., to Severna Park, where he established and became pastor of Silas First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Carey attended Stanton High School in Annapolis - then the only high school in Anne Arundel County open to black students.

She was married in 1948 to Albert Carey, who died in 1970.

A former laundress at Fort Meade, she went to work as a psychiatric aide at Crownsville State Hospital in 1955.

"She liked working with the geriatric patients. She loved the elderly and aged and arranged for buses to bring them to Silas First Baptist Church for Sunday services," said her granddaughter, Paula Y. Rice of Severna Park. "She was also known for her sweet-potato pies, which she baked and delivered to Crownsville for the patients to enjoy."

Mrs. Carey, who was named Psychiatric Aide of the Year at Crownsville in 1961, retired in 1975. She then volunteered and was active in the foster grandparent program at Angel's Haven, a nonprofit, nonsectarian residential home in Glen Burnie for physically and mentally challenged children.

She was a lifetime member of Silas First Baptist Church, 89 W. Earleigh Heights Road, where she sang second soprano in the senior choir and served as a deaconess and member of the missionary board. Services will be held there at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her granddaughter, she is survived by her son, Paul L. Jeffries of Severna Park.

Correction

Robert Matthew Chick: An obituary for Robert Matthew Chick published in yesterday's editions of The Sun omitted a survivor's name. He also is survived by a daughter, Linda Alford of Laurel. The Sun regrets the error.

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