Baylis R. Love, 94

Retired real estate agent was an avid gardener, walker in Ruxton

September 20, 2007

Baylis R. Love, a longtime Ruxton resident and well-known walker, died Monday of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 94.

Born Baylis Rector, she was raised in Roanoke, Va., and attended Sweet Briar College.

She was married in 1934 to George Love and lived in Richmond, Va., and Alexandria, Va., before settling in Ruxton in 1950.

Mr. Love, who was an engineer and accountant with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died in 1986.

In 1951, she became Sunday school superintendent at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where she was also a communicant.

When Steve Green, owner of the Wilmington Country Store in Greenville, Del., opened a second store in Ruxton in 1955, Mrs. Love and a friend, Kitty Shackelford, operated the business until the mid-1960s.

After earning a real estate license, Mrs. Love went to work for Chase & Davis, which later became Chase, Fitzgerald & Davis. It is now Chase Fitzgerald & Co. Inc.

"The highlight of her career was the selling of a horse farm in Monkton to Jim McKay, the renowned ABC sportscaster, and his wife," said a son, Bill Love of Riderwood.

She retired in 1985.

Mrs. Love, who had lived on Jack Frost Lane and Labelle Avenue, was an avid gardener and a 54-year member of the Hardy Garden Club.

After breaking her back in 1982, Mrs. Love discovered that she had osteoporosis, and became involved with the newly established osteoporosis clinic at Union Memorial Hospital, where for years she was an annual speaker at its seminar on the disease.

In an effort to maintain her health, Mrs. Love became a determined walker. Her daily mileage, accumulated over the hills, byways, lanes and streets of Ruxton, never amounted to less than three miles, her son said.

"People would call on the phone and say, `I just saw your mother on Circle Road,' or, `She just passed by my door on Ruxton Road,'" Mr. Love said. "She finally stopped when she was 90 and became a little wobbly on her feet."

Mrs. Love lived in the Ruxton Village Apartments before moving to the Towson retirement community several months ago.

She was a member for 57 years of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, Boyce and Carrollton avenues.

Also surviving are another son, Tom Love of Centreville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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