Betty Spielman, 81, homemaker, gardener

May 26, 2004

Betty Spielman, a Catonsville homemaker, died of an infection Thursday at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 81.

Born Betty Parker Taylor in Baltimore and raised on Catonsville's Forest Drive, she was a 1939 graduate of Catonsville High School and in later years helped organize her class reunions. She earned a bachelor's degree at what is now St. Mary's College of Maryland.

In 1943, she married Gordon Spielman, an Air Force lieutenant who became a Westport general contractor. He died in 1992.

About 50 years ago, she and her husband purchased a Catonsville carriage house.

"She worked for many years turning the neglected building and its grounds into a beautiful and tranquil setting," said her only child, the Rev. Scott Spielman of Los Altos, Calif. "She had a knack for gardening that would have put her in gardening magazines if she had made an effort to do so."

Family members said she enjoyed celebrating Christmas and giving small gifts suited to the personalities of her friends.

Mrs. Spielman played tennis at St. Timothy's Tennis Club and did volunteer work at the state's Spring Grove Hospital Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. June 2 at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

She is also survived by four grandchildren.

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