Marjorie Zentz, 79, handbag buyer for store

August 29, 2004

Marjorie Zentz, a longtime handbag buyer for the old Stewart's department stores in Baltimore, died of cancer Monday at a Charlotte, N.C., nursing home. She was 79.

Marjorie McClellan was born in Columbus, Ga., and as child moved to Baltimore, where she lived for most of her life before moving to North Carolina three years ago to be near her son, John R. Zentz. She was a graduate of Eastern High School.

During World War II, Mrs. Zentz worked in the office of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. She also spent time working as a model and in 1943 was the first runner-up in the Miss Maryland pageant.

Mrs. Zentz spent 30 years as a handbag and small leather goods buyer for the Stewart's chain, until it closed in the early 1980s. She traveled throughout Europe and Asia on dozens of buying trips throughout her career.

Funeral services were held yesterday.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harland H. Zentz; a brother, Spencer McClellan of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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