Helen B. Shriver, 98

Union Mills volunteer

November 01, 2006

Helen B. Shriver, a longtime Union Mills resident and volunteer, died of complications from a stroke Oct. 25 at Carroll Hospital Center. She was 98.

She was born Helen Brogden in Rio de Janeiro, where her father was an American coffee broker. In 1922, she returned to Baltimore with her family and attended Garrison Forest School. She left school at 17, toured Europe for a year, and returned to Baltimore in time to make her debut at the 1926 Bachelors Cotillon.

In 1927, she married James McSherry Shriver, who headed B.F. Shriver Co., a Westminster cannery and farming company. He died in 1972.

The couple made their home at Chinquapin Hill, their Union Mills farm, where Mrs. Shriver resided until her death.

During World War II, she volunteered with the Red Cross, making bandages and knitting hats, scarves and gloves for the troops. She was a member for 56 years of the William Winchester Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and was an honorary member of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

For years, Mrs. Shriver volunteered at Union Mills Homestead, the ancestral home of the Shriver family that dates to 1797 and is now a museum.

She was a 79-year communicant of Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster, where she was a founding member of the Mistletoe Mart, an annual Christmas event. As head of the Pins and Needles Group, she commissioned designs for the kneelers for the church altar and Children's Chapel, and completed much of the needlepoint stitching herself, family members said.

Mrs. Shriver never learned to drive, and had a vigorous life until breaking a hip when she was 95.

"She had people drive her around, and we used to tease her and say, `If we can't give you a ride, you better stick out your thumb,'" said a daughter, Helen S. Riley of Westminster.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Trinity Episcopal Church cemetery, 12400 Manor Road, Long Green.

Also surviving are two sons, James M. Shriver Jr. of Union Mills and B. Frank Shriver of Owings Mills; three other daughters, Eleanor S. Cassilly of Sykesville, Rebecca S. Lucid of Arlington, Va., and Madeline S. Franklin of Baltimore; 21 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

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