Virginia M. FitzSimons

[ Age 99 ] Community volunteer

December 14, 2007

Virginia Morrel FitzSimons, a community volunteer active in her church, died in her sleep Dec. 5 at her North Baltimore home. She was 99.

Born Virginia Baldwin in Lynchburg, Va., she earned a degree at the former Randolph Macon Woman's College and remained active in its alumnae association.

She moved to Baltimore in 1948 and was a founding member of the Women's Committee for Hampton. She served on the women's boards of Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

While a Brooklandville resident, she was on the Valley Planning Council board. She was a member of the Mount Vernon, Green Spring Valley Hunt and the Elkridge clubs.

Her husband of 43 years, W. Griffin Morrel, a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. general manager, died in 1975. She then married R. Leiter FitzSimons, owner of the old American Brewing Co. He died in 1993.

She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Cliff Dwellers Garden Club.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., where she had been choir director, deacon, prayer leader and Women's Association president.

Survivors include a son, W. Griffin Morrel Jr. of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A son, Dr. Bernard Baldwin Morrel, died in 1997.

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