Cary B. Beehler, sales associate

She was an avid bird watcher

  • Cary Baxter Beehler
Cary Baxter Beehler (Baltimore Sun )
May 13, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Cary B. Beehler, a former Cross Keys sales associate and avid bird watcher whose travels took her all over the world in pursuit of her hobby, died May 7 from complications of a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson.

The Blakehurst retirement community resident was 91.

The daughter of the owner of Baxter Paper Co. and a homemaker, Cary Baxter was born in Baltimore and raised on Deepdene Road in Roland Park.

She attended the Calvert School, Greenwood School and St. Mary's Seminary for Women, now St. Mary's College of Maryland, in St. Mary's City.

She married William Henry Beehler Jr. in 1942, and while her husband was serving in the Army in Europe, she drove a Red Cross ambulance in Baltimore.

Mrs. Beehler also worked during the war years at the Bendix Frieze instrument manufacturing plant in Towson, assembling ordnance timing devices.

Mrs. Beehler was divorced in 1955.

She subsequently worked as a sales associate for Betty Jane Christmas Carey, who had owned a Riderwood dress shop, and later at Octavia, a designer dress shop in Cross Keys, from 1972 until 1992.

She enjoyed bird watching and traveled to Maine, Alaska, Mexico, Ecuador and Canada in pursuit of her hobby. She was also an active member of the Maryland Ornithological Association.

Mrs. Beehler had also enjoyed working in the garden of her St. George's Road home before moving to the Towson retirement community four years ago.

Plans for a memorial service to be held later this year were incomplete.

Surviving are two sons, William R. Beehler of Glen Arm and Bruce M. Beehler of Bethesda; and six grandchildren.

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