Mary Frances Guth (unknown, Baltimore Sun / September 26, 2011)

Mary F. Guth, a retired psychiatric social worker who enjoyed sailing, died Sept. 16 of complications from an intestinal infection at Northwest Hospital. She was 88.

The daughter of a house painter and a registered nurse, she was born Mary Frances Hipsley in Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County. After graduating from Oakland High School at 16, she attended St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, which was then a two-year school.

After earning a bachelor's degree in education in 1943 from what is now Towson University, she taught in Baltimore public schools for a year.

From 1948 to 1953, she was a psychiatric social worker at Spring Grove State Hospital and subsequently the Family and Children's Society.

In 1968, she earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Guth had been director from 1968 to 1973 of the Geriatric Evaluation Service at Good Samaritan Hospital. From 1980 until her retirement in 1993, she was a social worker at the old Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City.

The longtime resident of Elkridge Estates in North Baltimore had lived for the last three years at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn.

Her husband of 32 years, Morton Guth, a Baltimore attorney, died in 1982.

Mrs. Guth enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her husband.

Plans for a memorial service to be held at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village were incomplete Monday.

Surviving are three daughters, Deborah Guth of Pikesville, Monica Guth of Baltimore and Lisa Guth of Glenside, Pa.; a granddaughter; and two step-granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com