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Gretchen Crews, librarian

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Gretchen Crews, a retired librarian, teacher and club manager, died Dec. 27 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries sustained in a fall at her Towson home. She was 83.

Born Gretchen Matthews in Baltimore and raised in Wyman Park, she was the daughter of Howard Matthews, a state auditor, and his wife Gretchen, a home economics teacher and homemaker. She attended Margaret Brent School in Charles Village and was a 1947 Eastern High School graduate. She earned an English degree at Goucher College and later received a library science degree at Towson University

She taught English in the city public school system and later was a librarian, both in the school system and at the old Bay College at Howard and Centre streets. She was assistant manager of the Mount Vernon Club on Mount Vernon Place for 13 years and retired in 1992.

She was a member of P.E.O., a group dedicated to the education of women. She was also active in her college sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and was a national officer. She belonged to the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

"She was a quick wit and was widely read. She was also known for her generosity and kindness," said her daughter, Virginia M. Crews of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road, where she was a life member. She was a member of the altar and flower guilds and volunteered at its nearly new shop.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 60 years, James R. Crews, a retired electrical engineer who worked in technical sales; two other daughters, Gretchen Louise Catlin of Baltimore and Katharine Crews Rossman of Kingsville; and six grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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