Parker Freeland, 74, nurse, gardener

July 23, 2006

Parker Rouse Freeland, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital nurse, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 74 and lived in Mount Vernon.

Born and raised in Bolton Hill, she attended Garrison Forest School and Notre Dame Academy in Baltimore.

She married before finishing high school and moved to Pennsylvania, where she worked as a laboratory technician. Later, she earned a high school equivalency degree, said her brother John H. Rouse of McLean, Va.

At age 50, Ms. Freeland received a degree from the University of Baltimore and became a registered nurse.

Ms. Freeland was married four times; two marriages ended with the death of her husbands; two ended in divorce.

In 1990, Ms. Freeland moved into a Mount Vernon duplex formerly owned by her parents. The home has 14-foot ceilings, a fenced garden and at one time was a stop on the Mount Vernon Holly Tour, an annual self-guided walking tour of historic homes and buildings.

"She took a lot of pride in her place," Mr. Rouse said.

Ms. Freeland was devoted to her family and enjoyed gardening but often complained of having "a black thumb," Mr. Rouse said.

Services are private.

In addition to her brother, she is survived by three nieces and five nephews.

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