Valerie E. Davies, 75, guide at historic

January 26, 2002

Valerie E. Davies, 75, guide at historic homes

Valerie E. Davies, a tour guide at historic houses, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she had lived for three years. She was 75 and had lived in Lutherville for nearly 40 years.

For the past 12 years, she had escorted visitors on a weekly basis through historic homes owned by the Johns Hopkins University -- Evergreen and Homewood houses.

"She was well-informed and a confident tour leader," said Phyllis Feldmann, an Evergreen house manager.

"She obviously took a great deal of pleasure in sharing the Carroll family story and introducing visitors to the beautiful architecture and decorative arts at Homewood," said Catherine Rogers Arthur, its curator.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford, Valerie Edwards was a 1944 graduate of Roland Park County School, where she played on the varsity field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and tennis teams. She also earned a degree in fine arts from Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans.

She was a member of Ashland Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Garden Workshop garden club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert Wynter Davies; a son, Kenneth F. Davies of Baltimore; a daughter, Margaret Tenorio of San Antonio; a brother, John Gilchrist Edwards of Issaquath, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Frances Brown, 91, organist at church, music teacher

Frances E. Brown, a retired church organist, died Jan. 19 of complications from a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was 91 and lived in Hamilton.

She led the choir and played the organ at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore during the 1930s and 1940s and later at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Northeast Baltimore. She retired in 1983 because of ill health.

She also gave voice, piano and organ lessons at a studio she maintained on Charles Street.

Born Frances Kline in Baltimore, she was a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Her husband, Roland Brown, died many years ago.

A Mass was offered Wednesday.

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