Gladys D. Keown, 93, nurse, homemaker

October 02, 2003

Gladys D. Keown, a former registered nurse and homemaker, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Brightwood assisted-living facility in Lutherville. The longtime Cedarcroft resident was 93.

She was born and reared Gladys Dykes in Eden, Somerset County, the daughter of a farmer. In her youth, she attended one-room country schools and graduated in 1927 from Princess Anne High School.

After graduation, she moved to Baltimore and graduated from the Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing in 1932.

She worked as a private duty nurse until her marriage in 1935 to Dr. Lauriston L. Keown Sr., a Baltimore physician, who died in 1981.

Mrs. Keown was an avid gardener who was particularly fond of growing irises. She also collected coin silver spoons and early 19th-century antiques and had a large library devoted to antiques.

She was a member of the auxiliaries of the University of Maryland Hospital and Maryland General Hospital. She was also a member of the Samuel E. Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Keown was a longtime communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.

Survivors include two sons, Lauriston L. Keown Jr. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Dr. Richard C. Keown of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Priscilla K. Vaughan of Riderwood; two sisters, Doris D. Carey of Bridgeville, Del., and Agnes D. Greenberger of Millville, Del.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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