Jacqueline J. Tansill, 71, homemaker and sports fan

October 26, 2005

Jacqueline J. Tansill, a homemaker and sports fan, died of complications from cancer Sunday at the Genesis ElderCare Hammonds Lane Center. The South Baltimore resident was 71.

Born Jacqueline Joan Byron in South Baltimore, she was a 1951 Southern High School graduate. As a teen, she held the post of honored queen in Job's Daughters International, a youth service group associated with Masonic orders. She was later a Bethel's Guardian in the same organization.

During the early 1970s, she was a teacher's aide at Oliver H. Perry Elementary School, No. 92 in South Baltimore.

Mrs. Tansill followed local sports teams. The Ravens organization honored her as the Fan of the Game in November 2003 for decorating West Ostend Street rowhouses with purple balloons. She was given a package of the team's memorabilia at a pre-game ceremony and her name was flashed on a screen at M&T Bank Stadium.

She also followed the Orioles and once met Eddie Murray, who sent her a get-well package last year when she was fighting cancer.

Family members said she visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., to have her picture taken alongside Mr. Murray's plaque.

She was a pianist and singer who enjoyed Broadway musicals. She also read widely, including the Harry Potter novels. She watched the film Gone with the Wind numerous times.

Mrs. Tansill was a member of Saints Stephen and James Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the McCully Polyniak Funeral Home, 130 E. Fort Ave.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Melvin Tansill Sr., a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric accountant; a son, Mel Tansill of Catonsville; and a daughter, Charlotte Tansill of Baltimore.

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