Kathryn W. Born, 89, owner of flooring business

February 23, 2006

Kathryn W. Born, a retired businesswoman and longtime resident of the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 16 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 89.

She was born Kathryn Wilson and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where her father had established Wilson Floors Co., a commercial and residential flooring business, in 1900.

After graduating from high school, she enrolled at Goucher College and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1938.

That year, she married Richard L. Born, who later became president of Herman Born and Sons, a Baltimore company founded in 1851 that now services and repairs truck fleets. He died in 1991.

Mrs. Wilson maintained ownership of Wilson Floors Co. until selling the business to its employees in 1991.

She enjoyed gardening and flower arranging, and was a member of the Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club. She also liked playing bridge and golf, needlework and painting in watercolors.

Mrs. Wilson spent summers at Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she was an avid angler. She had been a resident of Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson since 2001.

"She enjoyed fishing as long as she didn't have to prepare or eat the catch," said Elaine Born, her daughter-in-law.

Mrs. Wilson was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Carrollton and Boyce avenues, where a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Surviving are a son, Richard Wilson Born of Lutherville; a daughter, Nancy Born Edwards of Columbus; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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