Mary Elizabeth Martin, 61, parole, probation officer

May 25, 2002

Mary Elizabeth Martin, a retired state parole and probation officer, died Tuesday of heart failure at her Lake-Walker home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 61.

She worked as a parole and probation officer for 10 years, until she retired on disability in 1997. She had previously worked for the Department of Social Services.

Born in High Point, N.C., Mary Elizabeth Cole attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School and earned a degree from Coppin State College.

Her marriage to Robert Scales ended in divorce.

She belonged to a tenpin bowling league and enjoyed cooking.

She was a member of Mount Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church in Towson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Allen AME Church, 1130 W. Lexington St.

She is survived by Jesse Martin, her husband of 20 years; two sons, Brian and Rodney Scales, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Shelly Scales of Baltimore; four sisters, Louise Cole, Betty Eggleston and Lisa Cole, all of Baltimore, and Patricia Tatum of Fredricksburg, Va.; and seven grandchildren. A son, Stephen Scales, died in 2000.

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