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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | January 28, 2010
Rosalena "Rosie" Boone, a retired housekeeper who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries suffered after a pickup truck plowed into a crowd of shoppers Jan. 16 at Lexington Market. Ms. Boone, who was 62, was found unconscious and not breathing, and was initially taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Ms. Boone, who was born in Baltimore and raised on Braddish Avenue, graduated in 1966 from Douglass High School.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Mary V. Scott, who had at various times during her life worked as a school bus driver, housekeeper, caterer and caregiver, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88. Mary Virginia Speed was born and raised in Sparks and graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Towson. A longtime resident of Quaker Bottom Road in Sparks, Mrs. Scott drove a Baltimore County public school bus for two decades and worked mainly with special-needs students.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Jeanette M. Smith, a retired housekeeper who was active in Republican politics, died May 2 at FutureCare Old Court senior living facility in Randallstown. She was 94. "We are waiting for the results of an autopsy for the cause of death," said a grandson, Thomas R. Jones II of Baltimore. The former Jeanette Marion Ray was born and raised in Catonsville and was a 1937 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. That year, she married Alexander Smith, a jukebox repairman, who died in 1983.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Jeanette M. Smith, a retired housekeeper who was active in Republican politics, died May 2 at FutureCare Old Court senior living facility in Randallstown. She was 94. "We are waiting for the results of an autopsy for the cause of death," said a grandson, Thomas R. Jones II of Baltimore. The former Jeanette Marion Ray was born and raised in Catonsville and was a 1937 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. That year, she married Alexander Smith, a jukebox repairman, who died in 1983.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2012
Sara O. Leizear, a former housekeeper and active church member, died Monday from complications of a stroke at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 80. The former Sara Marguerite Onsel was born and raised in Rising Sun, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1949. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught elementary school from 1953 to 1954 in Worthington, Ohio, and from 1956 to 1958 was a day care teacher in Columbus.
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August 28, 2003
Eva Fernandez, a retired housekeeper who was known for her colorful millinery, died of complications from a stroke Friday at Genesis ElderCare in Severna Park. She was 96. Born and raised in Jonesville, S.C., Miss Fernandez was a housekeeper most of her life until she retired in 1970. She moved from Jonesville to Severna Park in 1978. "She enjoyed cooking and raising flowers and vegetables in her garden," said a granddaughter, Rosetta Manns of Glen Burnie. "She also liked entertaining and attending family reunions.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | August 19, 2009
Florence E. Johnson, a retired housekeeper who enjoyed dancing, died Thursday in her sleep at her daughter's West Baltimore home. She was 102. Born Florence Elizabeth Rogers in Carroll County, she attended Carroll County and Baltimore public schools before going to work as a housekeeper in 1923. Her daughter, Elaine Paul, recalled her mother's exceptional skills as a demanding housekeeper and her financial acumen. "She took exceptional care of her children and home and did not believe in owing anyone anything but love," Mrs. Paul said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | December 11, 2009
Sydney E. Baskerville, a retired housekeeper and a longtime Ashburton resident, died of a heart attack Monday at Sinai Hospital. She was 76. Sydney Elizabeth Matthews was born and raised in Baltimore and earned her high school equivalency certificate from the city public school system. After she married Curtis L. Baskerville, a carpenter, the couple settled in Northwest Baltimore, where she raised their seven children. Her husband died in 1973. Mrs. Baskerville worked for more than 40 years as a housekeeper in private homes and later for Chambers, a Baltimore interior decorating firm.
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March 1, 2007
Rachael Deborah Jones, a retired housekeeper, died Feb. 20 of a stroke at Rosa Boles Place assisted living in Pikesville. The former Walbrook resident was 106. Born Rachael Deborah Lewis in Blackstone, Va., she moved to Baltimore many years ago and lived on Windsor Avenue. She worked as a maid and housekeeper before retiring nearly 35 years ago. A member of Christian Community Church of God, Mrs. Jones often sang "Amazing Grace" and other hymns. She would also read the Bible. Her husband, Edward Jones, died many years ago. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the James A. Morton & Sons Funeral Home, 1701 Laurens St. She leaves no known survivors.
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September 14, 2006
Linda Suzanne Urspruch, a housekeeper and active church member, died of cancer Sept. 7 at her home in St. Michaels, where she had lived since 1971. She was 57. The Ellicott City native was a 1966 graduate of Howard High School. She was an executive secretary for several years for Hittman Co. in Columbia before moving to the Eastern Shore. Ms. Urspruch had been a manager at the Inn at Perry Cabin and a youth counselor at Bethany House. In recent years, she had been a housekeeper.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2013
Rosie C. Brooks, a retired housekeeper who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died Monday of complications from an infection at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 99. Rosie Cooper was born and raised in West Baltimore, and attended Baltimore public schools. For more than 50 years until retiring in 1988, Mrs. Brooks worked for Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Meyerhoff. In 1932, she married Henry M. Brooks, a custodian, and the couple moved to Glen Burnie, where they lived for more than 40 years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2012
Sara O. Leizear, a former housekeeper and active church member, died Monday from complications of a stroke at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 80. The former Sara Marguerite Onsel was born and raised in Rising Sun, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1949. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught elementary school from 1953 to 1954 in Worthington, Ohio, and from 1956 to 1958 was a day care teacher in Columbus.
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January 17, 2012
Sorry to have no video joke on offer this week. The holiday staffing schedules got in the way of recording, but the joke of the week will return next week. There is still time for you to sign up for “Charged Language: Dealing with the Unspeakable in Copy,” my audio conference for Copyediting newsletter. It runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Thursday, January 12, and you'll have an opportunity to express your own concerns and views about dealing with profanity, vulgarisms, euphemisms, and similarly ticklish topics.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
Marguerite Austin-Gorham, a retired child care provider and housekeeper, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Nov. 27 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 88. Born Marguerite Clark in Baltimore and raised on Edythe Street, she was a 1941 graduate of Dunbar High School. She became a housekeeper and worked for many years at the Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church Rectory at Saratoga and Cathedral streets. She assisted in child care for the Rev. Halsey Moon Cook and for the Rev. William C. McKeachie, who were rectors of the downtown church.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 9, 2011
Nancy M. "Nanny" Wylie, a retired housekeeper and caterer who enjoyed cooking for family and friends, died Aug. 30 in her sleep at her Gwynn Oak home. She was 96. The daughter of farmers, she was born Nancy Mayfield and raised in Chester, S.C., where she attended Chester County public schools. After her mother's death, she left school to care for her father and younger sisters. "She picked cotton, cooked, and took care of the housekeeping chores and finances for the home," said a daughter, Martina Wylie Clinton of Randallstown.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 24, 2010
Mary Thelma Roberts, the retired head of housekeeping at Towson University who began working at 14 to help support her family, died of kidney failure Dec. 14 at her Towson home. She was 97. She was born in Mary Thelma Kraus in Baltimore on March 4, 1913, the day of President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. She lived on Broadway with her family and attended the old St. Paul's Parochial School. After her father sought work as a plumber in Florida during the 1920s real estate boom, she lived there for several years.
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