Wendy A. Wirth, 48 longtime waitress

October 17, 2004

Wendy A. Wirth, a longtime resident of Arbutus who spent three decades waitressing at area restaurants, died Monday at home after a brief illness. She was 48.

She was born in Baltimore and moved to Arbutus when she was 10. She attended Catonsville High School.

She began working as a waitress when she was 17 and accepted a job at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. She later worked at the Rally Restaurant until about eight years ago, when she began working at Leon's Restaurant in Arbutus. She worked at Leon's until about eight months ago, when her failing health forced her to stop.

She was an animal lover, opening her home to four cats and two birds. She also kept an aquarium of fish.

"She was known to take in strays to care for them," said a longtime friend, Gail Matthews of Columbia, Pa. "She was a dear friend. She loved her friends and her animals. We were all she had."

A memorial service was held yesterday at Ambrose Funeral Home in Arbutus.

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