Essie Mae Gould, 73, Pratt library assistant

February 21, 2003

Essie Mae Gould, a retired library assistant, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes at Maryland General Hospital. The Edmondson Village resident was 73.

She retired in 1997 from Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library, having worked at the Pennsylvania Avenue, Patterson Park, Gardenville and Reisterstown Road branches and at the downtown Central Library.

On Oct. 12, 1992, Mrs. Gould received a City of Baltimore Citizen Citation for 25 years of "outstanding and dedicated service" to the library.

Born Essie Mae Harris in Montgomery, Ala., she studied at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also studied office management through an Edmondson High School adult education program.

She was a past matron of Calvary Chapter 32 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Edmondson United Methodist Church, 3600 Edmondson Ave., where she was a member, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and led a Girl Scout troop. She also founded the Twilight Club, a senior citizen organization.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Clifton Elwood Gould Sr.; four sons, Byron Gould, Clifton E. Gould Jr., Derek Gould and Kendall Gould; and two daughters, Cheryl Gould and Pamela Gould, all of Baltimore; a brother, Arthur Harris of Montgomery, Ala.; two sisters, Theresa Fields of Baltimore and Lottie Green of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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