Helen M.E. Lyness, 88, property manager, gardener

March 14, 2006

Helen M.E. Lyness, a retired property manager for a Towson real estate and insurance firm, died of complications from an infection Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 88.

She was born Helen Marecki in Baltimore. After her father died in the flu epidemic of 1918, her mother married Charles M. Emig in 1919. He adopted her, and she took his name.

She attended Western High School and Towson High School, from which she graduated in 1935. She earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore but never practiced.

Mrs. Lyness worked for more than 30 years as a property manager for Leroy Y. Haile Jr. Real Estate Co., until retiring in the early 1970s.

She was married for six years to Arthur A. Lyness, a mechanical engineer. He died in 1974.

A resident of Highland Avenue in Towson for 50 years, Mrs. Lyness was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed traveling.

Since 1998, she had been a resident of Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

Mrs. Lyness had been a weekly volunteer at the Baltimore County's Towson library branch. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd.

Surviving are a nephew, Michael F. Emig of Hamilton; two nieces, Anne Emig Bauer of Towson and Nancy "Stacy" Emig Brunner of Timonium; and seven step-grandchildren.

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