Lila Boyce Emory, 81, volunteer, president of board at Union Memorial Hospital

October 30, 2003|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Lila Boyce Emory, a community volunteer who was a former board president of Union Memorial Hospital, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease at the Blakehurst Retirement Community. The former North Baltimore resident was 81.

Born Lila Halliday Jones in St. Louis, she studied English and history at Vassar College, where a friend from Baltimore introduced her to her future husband, Charles Meredith Boyce, whom she married in 1942.

Mr. Boyce, an investment banker, served on Baltimore's City Council and as city treasurer, and was president of Robert Garrett and Sons at his death in 1969.

The next year, she wed Richard W. Emory, an attorney who died in June.

For many years, Mrs. Emory was a volunteer at Union Memorial, and served as a board member and president in the late 1960s.

"She believed she had an obligation to support the community," said her daughter, Lila Lohr, head of Friends School. "When I was 8 years old, she would take me to the hospital canteen to help make sandwiches."

Family members described Mrs. Emory as socially skilled, enjoying the role of hostess at the many functions she arranged.

"She was an elegant, gracious woman," her daughter said. "She felt she had two wonderful marriages. Her life rotated around her two husbands."

Mrs. Emory enjoyed taking walks through North Baltimore, tending her garden and playing golf. She hit two holes-in-one at North Carolina courses.

"She got the name Go-Go because she had so much energy and enthusiasm," her daughter said.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Cathedral and Read streets, where she had been president of its women's organization and a member of the vestry.

Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include a son, Charles Meredith Boyce Jr. of New York; another daughter, Elizabeth Boyce Hoover of Pennington, N.J.; two stepsons, Richard W. Emory Jr. of Baltimore and John B. Emory of Portland, Maine; a brother, Meredith C. Jones Jr. of St. Louis; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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