Evelyn M. Magee, 30-year telephone operator

January 10, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Evelyn M. Magee, a retired telephone operator and longtime Cedonia resident, died Jan. 1 of cancer at a daughter's home in Rising Sun. She was 80.

Evelyn Marie Davis was born in Baltimore and raised on Washington Street. She attended St. Andrew's Roman Catholic School until the eighth-grade, when she left to help support her family.

She worked at the Brager-Gutman department store selling coats and dresses. During World War II, she was a postal worker.

Mrs. Magee was employed for 30 years as a long distance operator for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. She retired in the mid-1980s.

She and her husband of many years, John E. Magee, lived for 50 years in their home on Cedonia Avenue. He died in 1998.

Mrs. Magee enjoyed telling stories about Baltimore and the Great Depression, visiting the beach and playing bingo.

A granddaughter, Elizabeth Knauer, described her grandmother as having an "upbeat and grateful attitude" and was a "constant pleasure to be around."

"She never forgot a family member's birthday and routinely showed her generous nature by insisting on treating those around her," Ms. Knauer said. "Even though she maintained a waste-not-want-not mentality that allowed her to truly appreciate everything she had."

Services were held Tuesday.

Also surviving are a son, Shawn Magee of Perry Hall; three daughters, Colleen Callahan of Finksburg, Roseanne Knauer of Whiteford and Evelyn Snyder of Rising Sun; two sisters, Rose Nigrin of Jarrettsville and Kathleen Sunderland of Reisterstown; 14 other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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