Sylvia Hennessey, 65



Sylvia L. Hennessey, a former bookkeeper and volunteer, died of ovarian cancer July 24 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime Bel Air resident was 65.

Sylvia Campbell was born and raised in Lenoir, N.C. She was a 1961 graduate of Lenoir High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Longwood College in Farmville, Va., in 1965.

During the 1960s, she taught high school in Richmond, Va. After moving to Bel Air in the early 1970s, she became secretary and treasurer of Albert Gunther Inc., a hardware supplier.

From 1996 to 2004, she was bookkeeper for the Sanders Co., an East Baltimore distributor of windows and mill supplies.

Mrs. Hennessey volunteered at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School, John Carroll School and Habitat for Humanity. She also was a substitute teacher at Harford Day School.

Mrs. Hennessey enjoyed cooking, entertaining and working in her flower garden. She also volunteered at the annual Flower Mart in Baltimore.

"She loved working in her flower garden," said her husband of 31 years, John H. Hennessey Jr., a Smith Barney financial adviser.

She had been a member for 25 years of the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air, and was a charter member of the Birthday Group of Bel Air.

"They were a group of women who were a tremendous support through her illness," Mr. Hennessey said.

Mrs. Hennessey was a communicant and Altar Guild member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air, where services were held Wednesday.

Also surviving are two daughters, Katherine Carlisle Hennessey of Bel Air and Julia-John Campbell Hennessey of New York City; her father, Donald F. Campbell Jr. of Lenoir; and three sisters, Donna Fellers of Lenoir, and Rebecca Belk and Kim Ruff, both of Charlotte, N.C.

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