Emma F. Revelle, 91

Executive secretary

April 22, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Emma F. Revelle, a retired executive secretary who was active in several patriotic organizations, died of dementia April 15 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Bolton Hill resident was 91.

Emma Estelle Bird was born on her family's farm, Burwood, in Birdsville, Anne Arundel County. In 1922, she moved with her family to Annapolis, where she graduated from county public schools.

In the late 1930s, she moved to Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood and attended Baltimore Business College.

She went to work in the 1940s for the president of the old Loyola Federal Savings and Loan Association and then took a similar job at National Plastics Products Co.

The former Roland Park and Stoneleigh resident subsequently was a secretary at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Miles & Stockbridge before retiring in the late 1970s.

Mrs. Revelle enjoyed researching her family's genealogy and was a member of the National Society of Magna Charta Dames, the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, and the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.

Her husband of 59 years, John S. Revelle Sr., a life insurance agent, died in 2004.

Services were held Saturday at St. David's Episcopal Church.

Surviving are a son, John S. Revelle Jr. of Bolton Hill; a daughter, Lynn Bird Ferguson of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Harry R. Ferguson ended in divorce.

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