Mary Grace Tolson, 81, homemaker, golfer Mary Grace...

March 18, 2002

Mary Grace Tolson, 81, homemaker, golfer

Mary Grace Tolson, a homemaker and avid golfer, died of respiratory failure March 11 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 81.

Born in East Liverpool, Ohio, the former Mary Grace Devine moved to Baltimore after marrying John C. Tolson in 1948. The couple met in Miami Beach, where Mrs. Tolson's family spent winters and where Mr. Tolson's Navy ship was docked.

Mr. Tolson died in August.

In their later years, the couple, who lived in Timonium, enjoyed golfing at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson, playing four or five times a week.

Services were held Friday.

Mrs. Tolson is survived by a son, John D. Tolson of Lutherville; two daughters, Mary Patricia MacLaughlin of Crofton and Mary Cara Stewart of Glen Arm; a sister, Rosemary Gull of Roslyn, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Anne S. France, 93, homemaker, volunteer

Anne S. France, a longtime Parkton resident and homemaker who spent her later years tending to the needs of shut-ins as a volunteer, died of congestive heart failure March 11 at a nursing home in Williamsport, Pa. She was 93.

Born in Glen Rock, Pa., Anne Seigman moved to the Baltimore area in the mid-1920s to attend nursing school at Mercy Hospital. It was then that she met Andrew Menaris France, a Hagerstown native studying at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

They married in 1928, and Mrs. France worked in nursing for about five years before raising a family. A country doctor's wife, Mrs. France was church organist and choir director at St. James Episcopal Church in Parkton.

A few years after the death of her husband in 1980, Mrs. France moved to New Freedom, Pa., later relocating to Williamsport to be closer to her family.

In Williamsport, she was active at Trinity Episcopal Church, where her son, the Rev. Andrew M. France Jr., is rector. Through the church, Mrs. France and a friend would take Communion and food to people who couldn't leave their homes, her family said. The women had business cards calling themselves "God's dynamic duo," said a second son, Dr. Robert O. France of Williamsport, a radiologist.

Services were Friday.

In addition to her sons, Mrs. France is survived by a daughter, Suzanne F. Merrill of Lemoyne, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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