Mary Lou Guyther


October 23, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mary Lou Guyther, a former registered nurse who later became a sales associate, died Wednesday of heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson.

She was 93.

The daughter of a stone cutter and a homemaker, Mary Lou Tyrie was born in Towson and raised in Texas, Baltimore County.

After graduating from Towson Catholic High School, she earned a nursing degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1939.

She nursed for several years at what is now Mercy Medical Center until the outbreak of World War II, when she hoped to enter the Navy as a nurse.

"During the health examination, they told her that she had tuberculosis and she was sent to the sanitarium at Sabillasville to be cured," said a daughter, Mary Beth Guyther of Huntington, N.Y.

In 1949, she married John Shadrick Guyther, who was business manager of Allied Roofing, a family business. He died in 1999.

The couple built a home on St. George's Road in the Orchards neighborhood of North Baltimore, where she was living at her death.

Mrs. Guyther had been active with the Cub Scouts and the PTA when her children were growing up.

In the 1970s, she returned to work as a sales lady at the Dropstitch Studio on Cold Spring Lane, and later at the Pied Piper, a children's clothing store in Cross Keys.

She was an active member of the Mercy Hospital Alumni Association.

Mrs. Guyther enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Valley Country Club in Riderwood.

She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where funeral services were held Saturday.

Also surviving are a son, Jay Guyther of Fells Point; another daughter, Marji Anne Guyther of the Orchards; a sister, Elizabeth Guyther of Mechanicsville, St. Mary's County; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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