Rose Beatrice Dykes, 82, active in local charities

April 24, 2003

Rose Beatrice Dykes, who was active in local charities and political causes, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure and diabetes at the Gilchrest Center for Hospice Care. The Freeland resident was 82.

Born Rose Dawson in Baltimore, she was raised on the city's west side and in the Reisterstown area, attending Reisterstown High School.

In 1939, she married Woodrow Dykes. The couple raised four children, living from the 1940s to 1975 in Cockeysville and then moving to a farm in Hereford, where they grew corn and alfalfa, among other crops.

Her husband, a retired stationary engineer for Highs Dairy Inc., and a daughter, Carole Morse, died several months apart in 1991.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Dykes participated in a variety of charities. She worked with the March of Dimes since its inception in the early 1950s. In the early 1960s, she played a key role in starting the first child care center in Cockeysville. She also helped establish the first public library in Hereford in the mid-1970s.

Originally a Democrat, she became a Republican about 30 years ago. In 1994, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Northern Baltimore County Republican and Civic Organization. She was also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium,.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Bowman of Freeland; two sons, Scott Dykes of Freeland and Robert Dykes of Parkville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

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