Alice B. VarneyRegistered nurseAlice B. Varney, a...

Alice B. Varney

Registered nurse


Alice B. Varney, a registered nurse and Baltimore native, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove, N.J. She was 91.

The former Alice Moore Bennett was reared in East Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School. She became a registered nurse after completing course work at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.


She was the night supervisor of nursing at University Hospital when she married Dr. William H. Varney in 1932. They moved to Washington, N.J., where Dr. Varney had a practice. He died in 1966.

Mrs. Varney never officially retired from nursing. She helped in the community when she could. In 1988, she moved to the Francis Asbury Manor.

She belonged to the Eastern High School Alumni Association and the University of Maryland Nurses Alumni Association. In New Jersey, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Washington, where she was past president of the United Methodist Women, a member of the choir and of the Women's Association of Church Service.

Mrs. Varney was a member of the Washington Women's Club and Order of the Eastern Star No. 136 in New Jersey. She also was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Warren Hospital and the Warren County Medical Society Auxiliary.

She was a member of the Warren Hills Friendship club, and the Tuberculosis and Health Association.

Services for Mrs. Varney will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel of Henry W. Jenkins and Sons funeral home, 4905 York Road, Towson.

Mrs. Varney is survived by three daughters, Jane V. White of Storrs, Conn., Alice V. Burnett of Morristown, N.J., and Patricia V. Thomas of College Park; a son, William H. Varney Jr. of North Hollywood, Calif.; a sister, Jean B. Alvey of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Varney's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236 or the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21201.


Maurice J. Keane


Maurice J. Keane, a retired comptroller for a local soap factory, died of a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital Saturday.

Mr. Keane, 76, began working at the main plant of Lever Brothers, Inc., in his native Cambridge, Mass., after graduating from high school in 1936.

He was transferred in 1951 to the company's Maryland operation on Holabird Avenue in Baltimore, where he remained until his retirement in 1982.

Mr. Keane was educated in public schools in Cambridge. He graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting in 1941, which he attended at night while working at the soap factory.


He had been a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson since the early 1950s.

After retiring, Mr. Keane prepared tax returns for the American Association of Retired Persons. He also enjoyed refinishing furniture.

A funeral mass for Mr. Keane will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Immaculate Conception Church at Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

Mr. Keane is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Gladys Cameron; a son, Robert M. Keane of Ewing, N.J.; two daughters, Mary E. Potts of Glen Ridge, N.J., and Janice Stem of Littlestown, Pa.; two sisters, Mary O'Connell of Venice, Fla., and Joan Roche of Waltham, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

Mary B. Dorsett

Real estate agent


Mary Burton Dorsett, a retired Baltimore real estate agent, died Thursday of sepsis, a blood disorder, at the Inns of Evergreen nursing home on Belvedere Avenue. She was 86.

Mrs. Dorsett began a career in real estate in the early 1950s. Her longest tenure was with the then-Russell T. Baker real estate agency, and she became one of the agency's top saleswomen.

The firm later was acquired by Coldwell Banker.

She retired from the real estate business in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Dorsett had a keen interest in gardening and designed the gardens around her church, St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Roland Park.

She also designed gardens for other Episcopal churches in the area.


A native of Anderson, S.C., the former Mary Burton was a graduate of Anderson College.

In 1926, she and Rowell R. Dorsett, a chemist who later worked for the Mangels-Herold Co. Inc., were married.

They moved to Baltimore from South Carolina in the late 1940s. Mr. Dorsett died in 1982.

A memorial service for Mrs. Dorsett will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 3900 Roland Ave.

She is survived by two daughters, Amanda Dorsett Stout of Timonium and Mollie B. D. Murphy of Newbury, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the St. Mary's Church Building Fund, 3900 Roland Ave, Baltimore 21211, or the Joseph Richey Hospice, 820 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore 21201.