Alice B. Lane, 80, homemaker, club member

November 27, 2003

Alice B. Lane, a homemaker and club woman, died of lung cancer Tuesday at her home in Easton. She was 80.

Alice Bartlett was born in Baltimore and raised on her family's Owings Mills farm. She was a graduate of the old Hannah More Academy. She earned her bachelor's degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

She was the granddaughter of the Rev. John Gardner Murray, who was Episcopal bishop of Maryland from 1903 to 1929 and first elected bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States in 1926. She was also the granddaughter of John Kemp Bartlett, a 19th-century Maryland attorney general.

During the 1940s, Mrs. Lane worked in the athletic department at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. In 1948, she married William Lowery Lane. Her husband, a retired farmer and businessman, survives her.

The couple made their home from 1957 to 1979 at Solitude, their estate near St. Michaels. Since 1979, they had lived in a home overlooking the Miles River in Easton.

Mrs. Lane was active in the cultural and civic life of Easton, and was a former president of the Harbor Club of the Eastern Shore and Garden Club of the Eastern Shore. She was a member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club, and former board member of Dixon House, an assisted living facility in Easton; the Country School; and the Talbot County Humane Society.

Mrs. Lane, a dog lover, was a member and an accredited judge of the American Kennel Club.

She enjoyed spending summers at a family home in Chester, Nova Scotia.

A Quaker, Mrs. Lane was a member of the Third Haven Meeting in Easton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, Henry Downing Lane of Westport, Conn., Francis Bartlett Lane of Wyndmoor, Pa., and William Lowry Lane and Thomas Dixon Lane, both of Easton; a brother, Francis Gilpin Bartlett Jr. of Easton; and nine grandchildren.

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