Theresa Gordon, 63, owned Harford Road flower shop

February 05, 2003

Theresa Gordon, a retail florist, died of cancer Saturday in her Parkville home. She was 63.

Born Theresa Marie Kosmack, she grew up on Fawn Street in Baltimore's Little Italy. She attended St. Leo Parochial School and St. Ursula Parochial School and graduated from St. Paul Commercial School in 1956. She married Robert "Jerry" Gordon in 1957 and moved to Parkville, where they raised a son and daughter.

After working at Richard's Hallmark Store in Parkville and as a banquet waitress at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, she entered the retail florist business in 1986 with her daughter, Sharon Gordon of Monkton, starting the Flora Et Fauna store on Harford Road. The business was renamed Flora Et Parkvilla with the purchase in 1989 of the florist business Parkvilla, which had provided the flowers for Mrs. Gordon's 1957 wedding.

Known as "T" to customers and employees, she was a mainstay at her Harford Road business. "She always put others first and thought to do more for others than herself," her daughter said. She remained active in the business until her death.

She was a communicant and provided flowers weekly at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road in Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Gordon is survived by her son, Carl Gordon of Parkville; a sister, Phyllis Kepner of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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