Bertha M. Gosnell, 81, Carroll County banker

March 11, 2004

Bertha M. Gosnell, a retired Carroll County banker and active church member, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Continuum Care Nursing Home in Sykesville. She was 81.

She was born Bertha Oland in Brookeville, Montgomery County, and graduated from Sherwood High School near Olney in 1939.

She was married in 1942 to James A. Gosnell, a poultry and produce vendor, and moved to a farm in Woodbine, Howard County. Her husband died in 1980.

Mrs. Gosnell began her banking career in the late 1950s as a teller at the old Woodbine Bank. She later became vice president of Westminster Trust Co., now Westminster Union Bank. She retired in 1984.

She was active for many years as a member of Lisbon United Methodist Church and was a former secretary of its Women's Society.

Mrs. Gosnell enjoyed sewing and making Christmas ornaments, which she gave to family members and friends. She also was interested in her family's genealogy and attended reunions.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at her church, 15875 Frederick Road.

Mrs. Gosnell is survived by five daughters Rebecca A. Marquardt of Centerville, Joyce E. Gilliece of Ellicott City, Darlene A. Koch of St. Cloud, Minn., Janet E. Taylor of Columbia and Karen M. Gosnell of Relay; a sister, Lucille Massey of Mardela Springs; 14 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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