Eugene G. McKenna, 71, News American employee Eugene G...

February 02, 2002

Eugene G. McKenna, 71, News American employee

Eugene G. McKenna, who worked for more than 20 years in the circulation department of the News American, died of cancer Jan. 26 at his Carney home. He was 71.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. McKenna attended Mount St. Joseph High School. He began working for the newspaper as a teen-ager and retired in 1984 from its street-sales operation. He also had been a mechanic for McKenna Pontiac in Baltimore.

Mr. McKenna served in the Army from 1948 to 1952, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the Parkville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and served three terms as commander of American Legion Post No. 130 in Overlea.

When cancer was diagnosed when he was 54, Mr. McKenna held an annual bull roast to raise money for the Children's Cancer Fund.

He was a member of the Parkville Pleasure Club, the Ocean City Elks and the Oldtimers Tenth Ward Association, and was a communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Florence McCall; a son, Kelly E. McKenna of Carney; three daughters, Kelleen McClure of Street, Deborah Angelonga of Ocean Pines and Kimberly McKenna of Pasadena; and five grandchildren.

Ruth E. Lilly, 86, insurance agent, Hunt Cup devotee

Ruth Elaine Lilly, a retired insurance agent and a devotee of the Maryland Hunt Cup, died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 86.

A longtime 40th Street resident, Mrs. Lilly worked as an insurance agent at Tongue, Brooks & Co. after the death of her husband, who also had worked there, from 1972 until retiring in 1976. She later worked for several years in the business office of Roland Park Country School.

Ruth Elaine Smith was born and reared in Towson and graduated from Lida Lee Tall School. After graduating from a business school, she worked as a secretary for a Baltimore patent attorney.

She was married in 1941 to Thomas H.B.B. Lilly, who died in 1972.

The couple - avid Maryland Hunt Cup fans - attended the annual springtime timber race in Worthington Valley for nearly 40 years, family members said.

"They'd take fried chicken and Old-Fashioneds for my father, and she'd have her bottle of Cutty Sark scotch," said her son, Thomas A. Lilly of Lutherville.

Mrs. Lilly enjoyed ice skating, ballroom dancing and pool. She also was an accomplished bridge player and member of a weekly bridge club.

She was a founding member of the Roland Park Swimming Club and conducted a dancing class with her sister-in-law at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Known for her carefree personality and flamboyant millinery, Mrs. Lilly liked walking from her Roland Park home on weekends to cheer on Johns Hopkins University athletic teams.

She liked shuttling senior citizens to doctor's appointments and other errands, and eating lunch at Valley Inn in Brooklandville.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her son, she is survived by three daughters, Scott Lilly of Baltimore, Blaine Lilly Allen of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Katie Lilly Kirby of Reisterstown; and six grandchildren.

Donald L. Causey, 76, elementary school teacher

Donald L. Causey, who taught at Sparks Elementary School for 26 years, died Sunday of heart failure at his Parkton home. He was 76.

Mr. Causey, who retired in 1981, had earlier taught at Fullerton and Stoneleigh elementary schools.

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Causey was a 1944 graduate of City College. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served with the Seabees in the Pacific Theater, constructing military bases. He was discharged in 1946.

He worked as a carpenter while attending Towson State College on the G.I. Bill and earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1954.

Mr. Causey, who had been an Eagle Scout, served as scoutmaster of Troop 72 in Northwood.

He enjoyed hiking, tennis and working in his basement wood shop building furniture. He was a member of the Appalachian Trail Conference.

His marriage to the former Merrilee Oliver ended in divorce.

Services were held yesterday at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in New Freedom, Pa. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Parson's Cemetery, North Division Street, Salisbury.

Mr. Causey is survived by two sons, Ronald M. Causey and Raymond E. Causey, both of Parkton; a daughter, Catherine L. Clark of Freeport, Maine; and seven grandchildren.

Nancy Jane Davenport, 74, homemaker and volunteer

Nancy Jane Davenport, a homemaker who enjoyed performing in and directing amateur theatrical productions, died Wednesday of heart failure at her Stoneleigh home. She was 74.

The longtime Stoneleigh resident appeared for many years in the Paint and Powder Club's annual productions, which raised money for charities.

She was born Nancy Jane Manship in Coatesville, Pa. After graduating from high school there, she attended Hood College and Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Va.

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