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Nancy Long Boyd, 89, active in civic...


Nancy Long Boyd, 89, active in civic groups

Nancy Long Boyd, a lifelong Baltimorean resident who enjoyed gardening and was involved in civic groups, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 89.

She was an advocate for the "Keep Maryland Beautiful" campaign against litter and worked hard to restrict the number of billboards on the state's -- and nation's -- interstates.

She belonged to many civic and charitable organizations, including the Women's Club of Roland Park, the Women's Board of The Children's Hospital and the Baltimore Country Club.

She had been president of the Homeland Garden Club, the Roland Park Garden Club and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.

She founded the Women's Council for Kennedy Institute, the Horticultural Society of Maryland, Committee for Hampton House and the Guild of Flower Artisans.

For years, many of the Christmas wreaths that graced downtown Baltimore's lampposts and the Washington Monument were her handiwork.

Mrs. Boyd loved gardening and was interested in all types of flowers. She wrote the "Pine Cone Book" and other articles dealing with flowers.

She was most happy with earth -- "never call it dirt," she often said -- or flowers in her hands, according to her son, Robert F. Boyd of Baltimore.

Born and raised in Roland Park, the former Nancy Long graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in the late 1920s.

She married J. Cookman Boyd Jr. in 1934; he died in 1990.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Other survivors include another son, J. Cookman Boyd III of Baltimore; a daughter, Jane B. Carr of Treadwell, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Michael J. Yacovissi, a lifelong Hampden resident who was a firefighter at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab in Howard County, died Tuesday of cancer at the Keswick Home. He was 70.

In 1991, he retired from APL, which he joined in 1958. Before then, he worked for six years for the Fire Insurance Salvage Corps.

Mr. Yacovissi served in the Army from 1948 to 1952. He was a member of Luigi Scialdone Lodge 2221 of the Order of Sons of Italy in America, the American Society of Italians and Friends, American Legion Post 38, the Victory Democratic Club and the Mount Royal Democratic Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues.

He is survived by four brothers, John Yacovissi, Samuel Yacovissi, Nicholas Yacovissi and James Yacovissi; and two sisters, Jean Maness and Ann Marie Hannon. All are of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 12/05/96

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