Frances G. "Gerry" Mayes, a dog trainer who also showed dogs, died Aug. 4 of cancer at her Essex home. She was 71.
The daughter of Alexander P. Studzinski, supervisor of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Penwood power plant, and Frances R. Jednoralski Studzinski, a homemaker, Frances Geraldine Studzinski was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk.
After graduating in 1960 from Dundalk High School, she attended Baltimore Business College for a year and then went to work as an accountant at the Monumental Life Insurance Co.
She and James Mayes, her high school sweetheart, married in 1961. She left the insurance company in 1964 to raise their son.
Mrs. Mayes began training and showing dogs in 1968 in the U.S. and Canada. During those years, she owned and showed Pembroke Welsh corgis, Shelties, border collies and Papillon spaniels, which won many awards.
"She enjoyed dog obedience, confirmation and later the dog agility areas of dog competition," said her husband. "Gerry started dog agility in 1998 and her dog earned many titles with numerous first places and also included a Master Agility title."
Mrs. Mayes became an obedience instructor for the Dog Owners Training Club of Maryland during the 1970s, and later was elected to its board of directors. She became an agility instructor for the Catoctin Kennel Club in 2001, and a few years later, for the Oriole Dog Training Club.
Her expertise with animals extended to the avian world: She had two parrots and two cockatoos that she trained.
Mrs. Mayes was also an accomplished ballroom dancer and dance instructor. She enjoyed dancing the polka hop, her husband said.
Mrs. Mayes enjoyed spending time at a second home that she and her husband owned in Ocean City.
Services were private.
In addition to her husband of 52 years, Mrs. Mayes is survived by a son, James Alexander Mayes of Ypsilanti, Mich.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun