Julia A. Duley, 96, childcare provider

April 17, 2004

Julia A. Duley, a homemaker and childcare provider, died Sunday of pneumonia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 96.

She was born Julia Atta Roberts in Baltimore and was raised in East Baltimore. She was a 1924 graduate of St. Paul's Commercial School and married John W. Duley in 1928.

The couple lived in East Baltimore and later moved to Crossland Avenue in 1951. Mr. Duley, a Pennsylvania Railroad engineer, died in 1963.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Duley moved to Northeast Baltimore, where she lived with a sister. She worked as a baby nurse, caring for newborns and their mothers for many years.

Mrs. Duley enjoyed cooking and baking. She was especially known for her homemade Christmas cookies.

In 1985, she moved to St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center where she volunteered at the front desk. Since 1997, she had lived at Stella Maris Hospice.

She was a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Stella Maris Auxiliary and the Hibernians.

Services were Thursday.

Mrs. Duley is survived by a son, Stephen N. Duley of White Marsh; a daughter, Eileen J. Sovitsky of Lutherville; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Another son, John W. Duley Jr., died in 1999; and a daughter, Marion Spikas, died in 1994.

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