Emily M. Lowndes, 91, co-owner of flea market

March 31, 2006

Emily M. Lowndes, a former Riderwood resident and homemaker who had been co-owner of a Baltimore County flea market, died in her sleep March 22 at her daughter's home in Kingwood, Texas. She was 91.

Emily M. Van Kirk was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore and was a graduate of Western High School. She attended Goucher College and during World War II worked with the United Service Organization in Baltimore.

She was married in 1946 to Upshur Lowndes Sr., grandson of Lloyd Lowndes, who was elected Maryland's first Republican governor in 1896.

The couple lived for many years on Springway Road in Riderwood. Mr. Lowndes, who was a banker for Maryland National Bank, died in 1975.

Mrs. Lowndes, an antiques collector, had worked as a fine-arts appraiser for the old London Shop on Bolton Hill.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Lowndes, an accomplished seamstress, made and sold her own interpretation of the then-popular Nehru jackets. In the 1970s, she was a partner and co-owner of the Calico Flea in Lutherville.

Mrs. Lowndes enjoyed painting in watercolors and sculpting.

A resident of Kingwood since 2000, Mrs. Lowndes was a former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 3 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland.

Surviving are a son, Richard Arden Lowndes of Augusta, Ga.; a daughter, Hannah Parker Twist-Schlink of Kingwood; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another son, Upshur "Tooie" Lowndes Jr., died in 2004.

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