Mary K. Levy, 100, homemaker, secretary

April 16, 2004

Mary K. Levy, a homemaker and centenarian who kept her mind nimble with word games and bridge, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Pikesville resident celebrated her 100th birthday in June.

She was born Mary Kirsh in Baltimore, the daughter of immigrant parents from Poland and Lithuania. She was raised on West Baltimore Street and graduated in 1921 from Western High School.

She was a secretary before her marriage in 1925 to Henry Daniel Levy. They lived for many years on Quantico Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. Her husband, who retired in 1957 as Pikesville's postmaster, died in 1972.

Mrs. Levy, a resident of Pikesville since 1994, was active in Hadassah and Jacob Sandy Temple, and had been president of the Frieda Rosen Free Loan Association. During World War II, she had been a member of the ration board.

"She was adept at solving crosswords and other word puzzles. She played bridge regularly until a year before her death," said a grandson, Eugene S. Baron of Mount Washington. "She never drove a car and only quit smoking in the 1970s. She had a cheerful and positive attitude, and really didn't do a darn thing except keep going."

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by two daughters, Elise L. Baron and Frances L. Ackman, both of Baltimore, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

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