Mary Staylor, who worked in the McCormick spice firm's purchasing department, died of renal failure Dec. 21 at St. Agnes Hospital. The former Ednor Gardens and Kent Island resident was 95.
Born Mary Frances Heckwolf in Baltimore, she was raised on Riverside Avenue. She attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School and was a 1933 Seton High School graduate.
She began work as a substitute teacher at St. Rose of Lima School in Brooklyn, where her uncle, Monsignor Leonard J. Ripple, was pastor of the adjoining church.
In 1938, she joined McCormick and Co. on Light Street and walked to work each day from her home. While in the purchasing department, she met her futurue husband, Charles A. Staylor, an expert in spices. They married in 1966.
"She had a large circle of friends at work and was often the organizer of social gatherings," said her niece, Mary Anne Heckwolf of Glen Arm.
In 1953, she moved from South Baltimore to a home in Ednor Gardens near the old Memorial Stadium.
She and her husband were baseball and football fans and held Colts season tickets. They also enjoyed travel to New England and Florida, as well as trips to Europe and Hawaii.
After her McCormick retirement, Mrs. Staylor moved to Kent Island and sailed a boat called Mary's Little Lamb. She had a vegetable garden, crabbed and hosted parties for family and friends. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and solving crossword puzzles.
"She loved animals, and her door was always open for a visit from a family member's dog," her niece said.
After her husband's death in 1987, she moved to the Charlestown retirement community. She made new friends and worked to establish Our Lady of the Angels parish.
"She was a bright and inquisitive woman," her niece said. "She loved to learn new things and understand how things work. At the age of 92, she received her first PC and tackled the challenges of new technologies. She loved e-mail. She followed the stock market daily, including her McCormick stock."
Her niece said Mrs. Staylor believed in the value of schooling and created opportunities to support those seeking a better education.
She set up the Charles A. Staylor Scholarship at Mother Seton Academy and a scholarship to honor her parents at Seton Keogh High School. She also supported other charities, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic Extension Services and the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wis.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel parish at Charlestown, where she sang in the choir and was a lector and sacristan.