Jean S. Moxley

[ Age 85 ] Retired nurse tended to German soldiers at POW camp in Harford County during World War II. .

November 01, 2006|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Jean S. Moxley, a retired Mercy Medical Center nurse who during World War II administered to the medical needs of German prisoners, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Saturday at the Wesley Home. The longtime Towson resident was 85.

Born Jean Marie Schwartzkopf in Baltimore and raised on Tyndale Avenue, she was a 1939 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and a member of its varsity basketball team.

She earned a nursing degree from the former Mercy Hospital and several months later married Jonathan Eldridge Moxley III, who was serving in the Army Corps of Engineers and is now a retired architect. Within weeks of their marriage, he was sent overseas.

Mrs. Moxley spent World War II as the charge nurse for German prisoners of war housed at the Edgewood Arsenal, now part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where her father was a chief electrician.

"It was difficult for Mom, who was caring for the wounded German POWs, because she had just married and her husband was overseas in an unknown location," said daughter Bonnie Moxley-Jaeger of Towson. "She often said of the POWs, `They were just boys.'"

After the war, Mrs. Moxley took a break from nursing to raise a family. She returned to work in 1958 as a private-duty nurse. She later returned to Mercy and founded its intravenous fluids team, remaining its supervisor until her retirement about 20 years ago.

"She was a fabulous nurse," said Anna Hergenroeder, a friend and fellow nurse. "Nothing was too hard for her to do. Her patients always came first, and she always gave them her undivided attention."

After her retirement, Mrs. Moxley took up golf and played several days a week with her husband and friends. She was also a volunteer at Our Daily Bread and at Greater Baltimore Medical Center clothing sales.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave., Towson, where she was a Eucharistic minister.

In addition to her husband of 63 years and daughter, survivors include a son, Jonathan G. Moxley of Citra, Fla.; another daughter, Denise M. Scollan of Fallston; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter.

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