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Claire Mae Ballou


Services for Claire Mae Ballou, a hospital telephone operator, will be held at 1 p.m. todayat the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkins Ave.

Mrs. Ballou, a resident of Lansdowne for 37 years, died Friday at St. Agnes Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 62.

She was born in Baltimore and attended Fourteen Holy Martyrs School.

After she left school, she worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for 11 years.

About 1960, she took a job as an operator at St. Agnes Hospital. She continued to work on the hospital switchboard until last September, when she went on disability leave because of a back operation.

In the early 1950s, she married a telephone company engineer, Joseph B. Ballou.

The couple divorced in the early 1960s.

She was a bingo enthusiast, and played four nights a week at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church and the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department.

She was playing bingo at the fire hall when she collapsed Friday.

Besides her former husband, she is survived by a son, Joseph M. Ballou of Lansdowne; three brothers, John R. Brooks of Lansdowne, Philip E. Brooks of Dundalk and Clinton A. Brooks of Westside; and a sister, Jonnie Lynn Van Alst, of Pasadena.

The family suggested donations to the St. Jude Shrine, 309 N. Paca St., Baltimore 21201.

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