Julia Bernadette Hodgson, greeting card retailer, dies

Julia Bernadette Hodgson, who sold greeting cards and candy, died of a stroke Feb. 6 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Timonium resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East Lafayette Avenue, she was the daughter of George A. Crawley, a United Railways and Electric Co. streetcar motorman, and his wife, Ellen M. Dunn, a homemaker.

She attended St. Paul School and was a 1947 graduate of The Catholic High School of Baltimore. She remained active in its alumnae association.

She was known as Bernadette or Bernie.

In 1950 she married Ralph Winnett Hodgson Jr., a Hillen Tire manager. They married at the former St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore. They had homes on North Streeper Street and in Dundalk.

Mrs. Hodgson worked in the billing department of the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. After raising her family, she became a High’s Dairy Store manager. In 1977 she began working at Marty’s Hallmark card shop in Dundalk and later moved with the business to downtown Baltimore and to Kenilworth Mall. She retired as a sales associate at the Wockenfuss candy shop in the North Plaza Mall.

“She was known for sending birthday and other greeting cards to everyone in her family and practically everyone she knew,” said her daughter, Sharon Hodgson of Silver Spring. “She was incredibly organized and taught that quality to her three children. She had the gift of having a catalog of names and special dates committed to her memory.”

After her retirement in 2014, she spent time as a caregiver to her sister.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, David Hodgson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and another daughter, Susan Daidakis of Timonium. Her husband of 36 years died in 1986.

A Mass was held Feb. 10 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church on Loch Raven Boulevard, where she was a member.

--Jacques Kelly


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