Ilean H. Jennings, a cosmetologist who had been supervisor of barbers and beauticians at the old Crownsville State Hospital, died July 4 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at her Severna Park home. She was 84.
The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Ilean Elizabeth Hall was born and raised in Magothy.
She attended Wiley Bates High School and later earned her General Educational Development diploma.
After graduating in 1954 from Apex Beauty School in Baltimore, Mrs. Jennings established Ilean's Beauty Salon in her Severna Park home.
She owned and operated the business until 1966, when she became supervisor of barbers and beauticians at the old Crownsville State Hospital.
She also earned certificates in beauty culture in 1973 and 1975 from the National Institute of Cosmetology.
At the time of her retirement in 1991, Mrs. Jennings had earned certificates for perfect attendance for 20 years of service, family members said.
Mrs. Jennings, who stressed the value of education, enrolled in the adult education program at Anne Arundel Community College.
She also took courses at the Community College of Baltimore and earned certificates from Southern Illinois University, Howard University and Wayne State University.
Mrs. Jennings was an active member of Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church, where she sang with the Thomas Gospel Choir and served as president of the Women's Society of Christian Service and as president of the usher board.
She was an avid collector of family portraits and pictures. She also enjoyed gardening, caring for her trees and shrubs, reading and writing.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 8178 Artic Road, Pasadena.
Surviving are a son, Joseph L. Jennings of Baltimore; four daughters, Jean A. Creek, Frances Dubois and Janice M. Johnson, all of Severna Park, and Joyce I. Jennings of Millersville; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Howard Frank Jennings III, died in 1964; and another daughter, Jacqueline Jennings, died in 1970. Her marriage to Howard Frank Jennings Jr. ended in divorce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun