Edith S. Jones, 77, homemaker Edith S. Jones, a...

April 03, 2002

Edith S. Jones, 77, homemaker

Edith S. Jones, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died in her sleep Saturday at Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore. She was 77.

The longtime West Baltimore resident was born Edith S. Brown in Dillwyn, Va. After graduating from high school there, she moved to Baltimore in the 1940s.

Mrs. Jones, an accomplished cook known for her Southern-style cooking, enjoyed organizing and cooking for family reunions. She also enjoyed entertaining and cooking for friends and neighbors, and sewing. At one time she attended Baltimore Junior College.

Affectionately called "Mama Jones," she looked after neighborhood children and helped them with their homework. She attended Olivet Baptist Church.

Her marriage to Phillip Tayree ended in divorce. She was married for many years to Fletcher E. Jones Jr., a steel worker, who died in 1979.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 5151 Baltimore National Pike.

Mrs. Jones is survived by three sons, Fredrick Tayree, Fletcher Jones III and Erik Jones, all of Baltimore; five daughters, Faye Tayree, Edith Howell and Francine Jones, all of Baltimore, Khadijah Bey of Bowie, and Elizabeth Richardson of Westminster; two brothers, Richard Brown of Montclair, N.J., and Eddie Brown of Baltimore; four sisters, Josephine Johnson of Baltimore, Fay Garman, Willie Gee Cooper, and Carrie Brown, all of Montclair, N.J.; 31 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

John Murray Bush, 92, Stewart & Co. executive

John Murray Bush, a retired Stewart & Co. department store executive, died Sunday of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 92 and lived in Towson.

Mr. Bush, a longtime Ruxton resident, was born and raised in Hampstead, where his father was the town physician and mayor.

After graduating from Hampstead High School, he earned a business degree from the University of Maryland in College Park. He worked for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. before joining Stewart's in 1933 as supervisor of the billing and order department.

He was later promoted to comptroller, and in 1941 to assistant treasurer. He was named treasurer in 1947. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a vice president for the now-defunct department store.

During World War II, Mr. Bush served as a special consultant to the Office of Price Administration in Washington. After the war, he led the committee in Hampstead that raised funds to build a monument to the town's veterans of the world wars.

Active in civic affairs, Mr. Bush volunteered with the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society. He also had been a member of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company, Towson Rotary Club, Lebanon Lodge A.F. & A.M., and Towson United Methodist Church. From 1966 to 1968, he was president of the Credit Bureau of Baltimore.

Mr. Bush enjoyed gardening, genealogy, reading and writing poetry. He also raised horses and dogs.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St. in Hampstead.

Mr. Bush is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Myrtle M. Miller; three daughters, Barbara B. Leaman of Roanoke, Va., Bonnie M. Gibbons of Finksburg and Elizabeth M. Guthrie of King George, Va.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary N. Myers, 92, bank teller, homemaker

Mary N. Myers, a homemaker who enjoyed attending the symphony and opera, died Friday of respiratory failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 92.

Mary Rawlings Brady Norris was born and raised in Philadelphia. She lived in Coral Gables, Fla., before moving to Annapolis in 1967.

After graduating from the Agnes Irwin School in 1927, she worked as a fashion model. During the 1930s, she was a teller for Girard Trust Co. Bank in Philadelphia.

In 1942, she married Curtis Arthur Myers Sr., a career Navy officer and attorney. Mr. Myers died in 1974.

Mrs. Myers was a lifelong member of the Junior League and enjoyed playing bridge. She was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Services were held yesterday at St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy.

Mrs. Myers is survived by three sons, Curtis A. Myers Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Joseph N. Myers of Warminster, Pa., and Stephen N. Myers of Manchester, Conn.; two daughters, Katherine M. Calhoon of Arnold and Nicole Myers of New York City; a sister, Josephine N. Hopkins of Chester Springs, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

Gregory A. Saffell, 40, owner of contracting firm

Gregory A. Saffell, former owner of a home improvement contracting firm, died Friday of cancer at his home in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore. He was 40.

Until retiring several years ago because of failing health, Mr. Saffell owned and operated a contracting firm.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Loch Raven Village, he graduated from Towson High School and earned an associate's degree in electronics from Catonsville Community College.

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