Jan J. Hyde, Store Owner, Bookkeeper

August 21, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Jan J. Hyde, a former owner of a Roland Park women's clothing store who later became a bookkeeper, died Monday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 61.

Jan Jacobs was born in Baltimore and raised on Wingate Road in Roland Park.

After graduating in 1966 from Roland Park Country School, she attended LaSalle Junior College in Boston for a year before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Mrs. Hyde owned and managed The Wardrobe, a women's clothing store, on Wyndhurst Avenue in Roland Park. The store had been owned by her mother, Anne Edge Somerville.

For the last decade, she had been a bookkeeper for Wilgis and Associates in Roland Park.

Family members said she considered it a "dream job" because she enjoyed interacting with the businesses' clients.

A Roland Park resident, Mrs. Hyde was accomplished in needlepoint and enjoyed playing Scrabble and doing crossword puzzles. She also was an avid dog lover and liked walking her dogs in Stoney Run Park.

Services were Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on North Charles Street.

Surviving are her college sweetheart and husband of 39 years, George Washington Hyde Jr., a manager with Canton Stevedoring Inc.; two daughters, Leighton Anne Hyde of Baltimore and Robin Hyde Woods of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Thomas Edge Jacobs of West Lebanon, N.H.; a sister, Robin Edge Morrill of Parkton; and two grandchildren.

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