Frances Virginia Dentry, registered nurse

November 29, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Frances Virginia Dentry, a retired registered nurse and family historian, died of cancer Nov. 20 at her Towson home. She was 88.

Born Frances Virginia Bortner in Baltimore and raised on a family farm in White Hall, she was a 1937 Sparks High School graduate. She then earned a nursing degree from the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing.

She raised her family - six sons and two daughters - in a large Victorian home in Corbett in northern Baltimore County. In the mid-1960s, she resumed nursing and initially worked at the Masonic Home of Maryland. Mrs. Dentry retired from Greater Baltimore Medical Center in 1984.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She was an avid genealogist and wrote a lengthy family history about the Bortner and Dentry families.

Her husband of 38 years, Edward Taylor Dentry Jr., a real estate agent, died in 1978.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road in Monkton.

Survivors include six sons, Edward T. Dentry III of Golden, Colo., David M. Dentry of Parkton, Patrick W. Dentry of Jackson, Mich., Robert S. Dentry of Manchester, Thomas M. Dentry of Timonium and Timothy J. Dentry of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Barbara C. Herbst of Timonium and Suzy Dentry-Meny of Ruxton; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

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