Thelma Roane, 64 visiting nurseThelma Roane, a...


Thelma Roane, 64 visiting nurse

Thelma Roane, a visiting nurse who was active in her East Baltimore community and church, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at her home. She was 64.

Born Thelma Brooks in Sanford, N.C., she moved to Baltimore in 1952 and married Ernest C. Roane the next year.

She worked various jobs before working with the Visiting Nurses Association in the 1960s. She retired in 1994.

Mrs. Roane, who lived in the Middle East community, was active in clean block and block watch activities, as well as local political affairs. She was a member of the Blazing Star Church on East 20th Street.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Ernest S. Roane, David G. Roane and Kelvin Roane, all of Baltimore; four daughters, Velma Bush of Newport News, Va., and Regina Roane, Ernestine Roane and Lorna Roane, all of Baltimore; a brother, George Brooks of Baltimore; and two sisters, Gladys Roane and Ethel Wise of Baltimore.

Services are scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 931 E. Preston St.

Louise Hayes Keelty, 81, donated millions to charities

Louise Hayes Keelty, who with her philanthropist husband, James J. Keelty Jr., donated millions to various churches, charitable organizations and schools, died Friday at her home in Timonium. She was 81.

Though Mrs. Keelty chose to stay at home and rear her eight children, she made it a point to look out for others. Among the millions of dollars in donations, she and her husband gave $1 million to Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg toward construction of the college's $10 million multipurpose athletic and recreation facility. They also gave $1.2 million to the Catholic University Law School in Washington, where Mr. Keelty received a law degree in 1934.

"I think they both felt that they had been blessed and they had an obligation to give money back," said one of their daughters, Louise T. Keelty. "They didn't live a real fancy life style.

"They both have attempted to instill [giving] in their children. It's something I feel very strongly about -- giving back," she said.

Her parents' efforts didn't go unnoticed.

The main building at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson was dedicated in the couple's honor, as was the atrium at Catholic University Law School.

Though she didn't work, Mrs. Keelty supported her husband when he took over his father's home construction business, James Keelty & Co., which built hundreds of rowhouses and apartments across the city.

"She always supported him in his business endeavors," Louise Keelty recalled. "She was intelligent and really made an effort to help him be successful."

During her husband's ownership and presidency of the Orioles in the 1950s, Mrs. Keelty accompanied him to ballgames. He usually paid to enter -- despite his title.

He became less active in his business about 12 years ago, his children said.

Mrs. Keelty was described as a fun-loving woman and a typical mother, Louise Keelty said. "She had a wonderful sense of humor." The former Louise Hayes was born Jan. 10, 1915, in Philadelphia, the oldest child of Albert Hayes, a wool merchant, and Anna Bushell Hayes, a homemaker.

Mrs. Keelty graduated from the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 1932 and four years later graduated from Trinity College in Washington.

While at Trinity, one of her classmates set her up on a blind date with a brother, James Keelty. The two married on Feb. 3, 1937, after Mrs. Keelty graduatedand moved to Baltimore.

Mrs. Keelty was a member of St. Joseph Church in Texas and volunteered at Mercy, Bon Secours and St. Joseph's hospitals.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Keelty is survived by two other daughters, Bernardine K. Wyatt, and Maureen K. Suelau, both of Baltimore; five sons, James Keelty III, Brian M. Keelty, Michael J. Keelty, all of Baltimore, Kevin C. Keelty of Washington, and Patrick J. Keelty of Aspen, Colo.; a brother, John A. Hayes, of Abington, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home in Padonia. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday St. Joseph's Church in Texas.

She will be buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum on Padonia Road in Timonium.

The family asks that contributions be sent to St. Joseph's Medical Center.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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