Alma Mae Costen, 101, piano teacher

August 08, 2004

Alma Mae Costen, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. secretary and piano teacher, died in her sleep Tuesday at Charlestown Retirement Community. She was a 101.

Miss Costen was born in Virginia and moved to Baltimore, where she attended Western High School. After completing a secretarial course, she went to work in the late 1930s for BGE, from which she retired in 1939.

While working for BGE, she studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Mount Vernon Place. She also studied Spanish at night school.

Miss Costen taught piano until she was 90 and held several recitals at the Catonsville retirement community where she had lived since 1984.

She loved animals and collected many books about them. She also enjoyed playing Scrabble.

Services were held Friday at the retirement community.

Miss Costen is survived by three nieces, Diane Costen Sherlock of Ruxton, Audrey Costen Sanders of Arbutus and Joyce Walger Devon of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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