Anna Isabel Hummel

Age 102 Government worker loved to travel and was an avid writer.

August 10, 2008|By John Fritze

Anna Isabel Hummel, a government worker in Baltimore for more than three decades, died Aug. 3 at a nursing home in Dundalk. The longtime Baltimore resident was 102.

Born in Baltimore, Anna Isabel King graduated from Western High School in the 1920s and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Baptist Children's Aid Society. In 1936, she took a position with the probation department of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, now the Circuit Court.

Mrs. Hummel, who went by Isabel, married William Dubel Hummel, who also worked for the city. Mr. Hummel died in 1977.

In 1949, Mrs. Hummel transferred to the city law department, where she worked as a secretary under several city solicitors. She retired from City Hall in 1967.

Friends and family described Mrs. Hummel as a vibrant woman who never learned how to drive but who loved writing on an electric typewriter she kept in her house. She entered and won writing contests - once winning a car that she gave away, said longtime friend Mary Catherine Forero.

"She was such a good-hearted person," Mrs. Forero said.

James L. Brown of Baltimore was Mrs. Hummel's nephew. He said Mrs. Hummel loved to travel and that she and her husband especially enjoyed a trip they took to Alaska shortly after her retirement. The two also loved eating at Werner's Restaurant on Redwood Street.

A private memorial service was held Wednesday.

Mrs. Hummel has no other survivors.

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