Eunice Best, 78, nurse and child care worker

February 07, 2005

Eunice Best, who worked in child care as a nanny, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 31 at North Arundel Hospital. The Annapolis resident was 78.

Born Eunice Mosella Chapman in Jefferson County, W.Va., she was a 1946 graduate of Berryville High School in Virginia.

She lived in Southeast Baltimore in the late 1940s and was a practical nurse at the old Baltimore City Hospitals before becoming a nanny and working in child care in Washington's Capitol Hill area for six families over 35 years.

She lived in Suitland before moving to the Glenwood Senior Apartments in Annapolis eight years ago, where she served as president of the Glenwood Residents Association for three terms. She received a Governor's Citation for her work with the Glenwood Neighborhood Watch Program.

She enjoyed sports and was a Washington Redskins fan.

She was widowed twice. Her first husband, of 12 years, Joseph Horvath, was a member of the merchant marine and died in 1959. Her second husband, of three years, William Best, a television repairman, died in 1964.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, Joseph P. Horvath of Ellicott City; two daughters, Patricia A. Tamargo of Annapolis and Mary E. Horvath of Cortland, N.Y.; two brothers, Donald Chapman of Falls Church, Va., and Roy Chapman of Berryville, Va.; Raymond Chapman, also of Berryville, a nephew raised as her brother; and five grandchildren.

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