Mary B.K. Erskine, 94, secretary and volunteer

April 30, 2005

Mary B.K. Erskine, a retired secretary and volunteer, died of heart failure Wednesday at her Timonium home. She was 94.

Born Mary B. Kennedy in Baltimore and raised on East Biddle Street, she was the daughter of U.S. Rep. Ambrose J. Kennedy Sr., who represented the old 4th District during the 1930s.

Mrs. Erskine was a 1929 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland, now Notre Dame Preparatory School, and as a young woman studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory.

"She used to talk about attending Franklin D. Roosevelt's inaugural balls that were held at the White House during the 1930s," said her daughter, M. Cara Erskine of Timonium.

In 1965 she took a position as a secretary at the state Department of Assessment and Taxation in Annapolis. In 1970, she transferred to the State Highway Administration, from which she retired in 1980.

During the 1990s, she volunteered at the Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore.

She was married in 1942 to Joseph J. Erskine, who died in 1965.

Mrs. Erskine was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 10 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today.

Mrs. Erskine is also survived by a son, J. James Erskine of Avondale, Pa.; a brother, Jerome McD. Kennedy of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.

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