Myra Jans, 82, pianist, homemaker and traveler

August 08, 2002

Myra D. Jans, a homemaker, traveler and amateur pianist, died of respiratory illness Saturday at her home in North Baltimore's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. She was 82.

Born Myra Dunn in Mount Airy and raised in Forest Park, she was a 1937 graduate of Forest Park High School. She attended the Peabody Conservatory.

She was manager of the phonograph record department at the May Co. on Howard Street in the 1940s. She later sold classified advertising for the Yellow Pages.

In the early 1950s, she worked in public relations for the Television Co. of Maryland. She arranged luncheons at the old Park Plaza for women's clubs, at which she engaged local television celebrity Ad Wienert to sell freezers stocked with frozen foods.

She traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Family members said she often entertained neighbors at the Winthrop House apartments, where she had lived for 30 years - one of the first tenants of what is now a condominium building. The family said she played one small piano so frequently that it broke, prompting her to replace it with a baby grand.

She was a benefactor of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she endowed a scholarship.

A private memorial service will be held Sunday.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald Jans, a retired Allstate Insurance agent; and a son, Jeffrey Jans of Mamaroneck, N.Y.

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