Beverly Jean Barranco of Lutherville, a nurse at Union Memorial Hospital and later in her husband's medical practice, died Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care after a brief illness. She was 72.
In September, Mrs. Barranco and her husband, Dr. Frank T. Barranco, a retired orthopedic surgeon, celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Jim Doran, a friend of the Barrancos for many years, described Mrs. Barranco as a quiet matriarch who was devoted to her family. She was active in the Patrons' Club at McDonogh School and the Parent Teacher Association, and loved organizing and cooking for family gatherings.
"Beverly was a wonderful, wonderful lady, a terrific mother," he said. "It's one of the most close-knit families I've ever known."
Born in York, Pa., the young Beverly Jean Dellinger loved the outdoors. She would pick wildflowers with her father and learned to play piano from her mother well enough to perform on local radio.
After graduating from William Penn High School in York in 1955, she came to Baltimore to study nursing at Union Memorial Hospital. There she met her future husband, who was an intern at the time. They were married in 1958 and moved to Lutherville nine years later.
Mrs. Barranco worked in the emergency room at Union Memorial Hospital and in her husband's office. She enjoyed playing piano, gardening and traveling with her husband and with her brother-in-law Robert Barranco Sr. and his wife, Kitty. Mrs. Barranco was also a parishioner at the Church of the Nativity in Lutherville.
"She thoroughly enjoyed life," said her nephew Jim Barranco. "Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her - when you thought of her, that's what you thought of."
Mr. Doran, who met the Barrancos when he taught their eldest daughter at Timonium Elementary School, said Mrs. Barranco made "the best Manhattans in the world."
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Nativity in Lutherville. Burial will follow at Dulaney Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Timonium.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Deborah Kearney of Perry Hall, Susan O'Haire of Fullerton and Mary Smythe of Jennerville, Pa.; three sons, Michael Barranco of Lutherville, Frank T. Barranco Jr. of Parkton and Tom Barranco of Ellicott City; a sister, Annalee Burroughs of Charlotte, N.C.; fifteen grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.