Xenia Novash Giles, 82, Girl Scout leader

November 26, 2003

Xenia Novash Giles, a homemaker and Girl Scout leader, died of a brain tumor Sunday at Genesis ElderCare in Severna Park. She was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Curtis Bay, Xenia Novash was a 1937 graduate of Eastern High School. During World War II, she worked in Baltimore as a federal government cryptologist.

Mrs. Giles helped establish Camp Whippoorwill, a Girl Scout summer day camp in Anne Arundel County.

An avid golfer and charter member of Chartwell Country Club, Mrs. Giles was president of the Maryland Women's Golf Association from 1968 to 1970.

She was a longtime volunteer with Meals On Wheels and an active member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Claude T. Giles, former owner of Giles Food Market Inc. in Brooklyn; two sons, Geoffrey N. Giles of Berlin, Germany, and Christopher Giles of Dover, Del.; a daughter, Jennifer C. Hawkins of Salisbury; a sister, Olga Karwoski of Linthicum; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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