Mary Ellin Givner, 78, executive secretary

February 01, 2005

Mary Ellin Givner, a retired executive secretary, died Thursday of a heart attack after back surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Phoenix resident was 78.

Born Mary Ellin Perry in Baltimore and raised in Reisterstown and Northwest Baltimore, she was a 1944 graduate of Western High School.

She was a secretary and executive secretary for Louis Kohn, an owner of the Hochschild Kohn department store, and for attorney H. Morton Rosen. She retired in 1973.

Mrs. Givner was a member of the Hunt Manor Women's Club and belonged to a Baltimore County gourmet and dining club where she prepared favorite dishes, including oysters Rockefeller.

"She was an entertainer and did all the family gatherings for 40 years," said her niece, Mary Anne Zenger.

Mrs. Givner also volunteered for the Family Crisis Center in Dundalk.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hydes, where she was a lector.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Allan Givner; a son, James L. Lockard of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, Jack A. Perry of Cambridge; and two granddaughters. Her marriage to Charles L. Lockard ended in divorce.

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