Jean M. Taliaferro, 99

Homemaker, collector

May 19, 2007

Jean M. Taliaferro, a homemaker and antiques collector, died of heart failure Tuesday at Brightwood Center in Lutherville. She was a month from celebrating her 100th birthday.

Jean McLanahan was born in Baltimore and raised at her family's estate, Ruscombe Mansion, which dated to 1866 and stood near what is today's Cylburn Arboretum. She was a 1925 graduate of Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va.

She was married in 1930 to Francis C. Taliaferro, and for 50 years lived at historic Stemmer House in Owings Mills.

Her husband, who had been in commercial real estate sales for many years, died in 1990.

Mrs. Taliaferro had resided at the Lutherville retirement community since 1990. She enjoyed collecting 18th-century furniture and china, and had been a longtime volunteer at Johns Hopkins Hospital and member of its women's board.

She also had been a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and Mount Vernon Club.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are a son, Austin M. Taliaferro of St. Michaels; two daughters, Brooke T. Wagner of Owings Mills and Anne T. Whitridge of Stevenson; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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