Frances T. Sadler, 86, city beauty shop owner

September 12, 2004

Frances T. Sadler, a cosmetologist who had owned and operated a South Baltimore beauty shop for nearly 40 years, died of cancer Thursday at her son's Glen Burnie home. She was 86.

The former longtime Glen Burnie resident who had lived in Berlin since 1998, was born Frances Scarlotta in Baltimore. She was raised on Light Street and was a graduate of Holy Cross Parochial School.

In 1947, Mrs. Sadler opened Fran's Beauty Shop in her home at William and Ostend streets in South Baltimore. She retired in 1984.

"In South Baltimore, there's a bar on every corner and a beauty shop in between. Her shop was like a barroom for women who'd come in to get their hair done, gossip or eat lunch," said her son, Thomas F. Taylor of Glen Burnie.

"My mother had a great personality, and her customers were not only customers but her friends as well. She had more friends and family than you could shake a stick at," Mr. Taylor said.

She was married in 1968 to Richard Sadler, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. electrical engineer. A previous marriage to Fred Taylor ended in divorce.

Mrs. Sadler enjoyed crafts, crocheting and knitting, and donated her creations to local church fairs and bazaars.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 1451 Furnace Ave., Glen Burnie.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Sadler is survived by two sisters, Mary Burrall of Aberdeen and Josephine Sadler of Mount Airy; and two grandchildren.

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