Pauline A. Marsh, 73, nurse with the Federal Reserve Bank

October 10, 2004|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

Pauline A. Marsh, a former nurse who worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Baltimore for nearly 25 years, died in her sleep of heart failure Monday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 73 and lived in Yale Heights.

Born Pauline A. Roberts in the city's Pimlico section, she graduated from Western High School in 1950. She received her nursing certificate from the Church Home and Hospital nursing school two years later. She became a night supervisor at the hospital after graduation.

She then became an occupational-health nurse with the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank in the early 1970s, where she attended to small, on-the-job injuries and also served as an informal in-house psychologist, said her daughter, Emily Marsh of Mayfield.

"She liked to make people feel comfortable and listen to their problems," her daughter said. Ms. Marsh retired from the bank in 1996.

Ms. Marsh had a colorful personality, Emily Marsh said. Her standard greeting was to call out "yoo-hoo," and she adored director John Waters, laughing every time she saw the director, in a short announcement shown before films, mockingly urge moviegoers to smoke in theaters to give ushers something to do.

When she was in her 50s, Ms. Marsh once went out for drinks with two colleagues and persuaded them to roller-skate through Mount Vernon at 1 a.m. "She loved the offbeat," her daughter said.

Ms. Marsh also was an avid fan of rock musician David Bowie. She began losing her eyesight in the mid-1990s but still pressed her nose against the screen during one of the singer's recent televised concerts. "She thought he was so handsome and such a great singer," Emily Marsh said.

A reception will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's Noyes Alumnae House, 4701 N. Charles St.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Richard Allen Marsh of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Elizabeth Ellen Roberts of Mayfield; and three grandchildren. Her marriage to Dan Marsh ended in divorce.

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