Mary M. Stallings, hairstylist and artist, dies

She was a self-taught artist

  • Mary Stallings
Mary Stallings
February 04, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary M. Stallings, a former hairstylist and artist, died Tuesday of heart failure at a daughter's Woodstock, Va., home. She was 98.

Mary Margaret Francis was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved in 1919 with her family to Forest Park. She attended city public schools.

Before World War II, Mrs. Stallings owned and operated a beauty shop in the old Emerson Hotel at Baltimore and Calvert streets. She later styled her customers' hair from her home.

The former longtime Timonium resident, who had lived in Woodstock since 2003, was a self-taught artist. She worked in oils, and her favorite subjects were still-lifes, flowers and mallard ducks in flight.

She also enjoyed working with ceramics.

A lifelong thoroughbred racing fan, Mrs. Stallings enjoyed talking about attending the famed War Admiral-Seabiscuit race at Pimlico in 1938.

Her husband of 39 years, James W. Stallings, a salesman, died in 1979.

She was an avid bridge player.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Surviving are three daughters, Victoria T. Stallings of Woodstock, Mary Louise Furgurson of Silver Spring and Dorothy S. McGuire of Bend, Ore.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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