Marion S. Anderson, 76, homemaker, genealogist

February 21, 2005

Marion S. Anderson, a homemaker and avid genealogist, died Tuesday of complications from emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The longtime Timonium resident was 76.

She was born Marion Smith in Shanghai, China, where her father was helping to introduce telephone service.

The family returned to New Jersey shortly thereafter, and she grew up in the towns of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge and graduated from Bloomfield High School. In 1949, she graduated from the St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New York.

She married Denton C. Anderson in 1952.

Mrs. Anderson worked as a public health nurse in New Jersey and later in Bel Air, after the family moved to Maryland in the 1950s. She became a homemaker shortly after the move. The Andersons settled in Timonium in 1964. Mr. Anderson was a nuclear engineer who last worked at Teledyne Industries in Hunt Valley.

Mrs. Anderson became a devoted student of local history and, in 1976, co-authored The Limestone Valley, a history of Lutherville and Timonium.

She studied historic preservation at Goucher College and graduated in 1988 at age 60.

Mrs. Anderson also studied genealogy and made frequent trips to Washington to examine census data at the National Archives.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, James Anderson of Augusta, Ga.; two daughters, Deborah Anderson of Raleigh, N.C., and Susan Gury of Perry Hall; a sister, Jean Haskell Godfrey of Riverside, Calif.; and two grandsons.

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