June M. Daue, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital registrar who was a diehard Baltimore Orioles fan, died Wednesday from heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.
The former longtime Lutherville resident was 99, just two month’s shy of her 100th birthday.
The daughter of Nelson Foster, a Pepsi-Cola Co. vending machine manager, and Mary Virginia Bennett Foster, a homemaker, the former June Margaret Foster was born in New York City, one of eight children in the family.
When she was an infant, the family moved to Annapolis, where they settled in the city’s Eastport neighborhood.
Her family moved to what is now Charles Village when she was 11, and she attended Eastern High School and later Strayer’s Business College.
In 1942, she married Howard C. Daue, who owned a roofing company. The couple later moved to Northwood, then Anneslie.
Mr. Daue died in 1970.
In 1964, Mrs. Daue began working as registrar at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She retired in 1981.
Mrs. Daue’s lifelong love affair with the Orioles began in 1928 with the old International League club, when she and her mother attended games every Wednesday at the old Oriole Park on Greenmount Avenue.
“Wednesdays were always Ladies Day at the park,” said a daughter, Linda Zang of Lutherville. “When she was not attending Orioles games, she followed them on radio and television, including reruns the next day when the games were on the West Coast.”
Ms. Zang said her mother “cheered them on when they won, and was philosophic when they lost.”
Her favorite player was Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson.
Mrs. Daue lived with Ms. Zang and was known for various aphorisms she imparted to her children, such as “If you can’t use your head, use your feet” and “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”
She enjoyed vacationing in Cape May, N.J., and Ocean City and interior decorating.
“She also liked pleasant conversations and sipping Manhattans,” her daughter said.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Dulaney Valley Memorial, Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Howard F. Daue of Towson; another daughter, Deborah Green of Bel Air; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.