John Henry Jones, 77, Social Security supervisorJohn...


John Henry Jones, 77, Social Security supervisor

John Henry Jones, a World War II veteran and former Social Security Administration employee, died of cancer Monday at Liberty Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 77.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Jones graduated from city public schools and attended Morgan State College.

He served in the Army during World War II, then went to work for the Social Security agency. He retired as a supervisor in 1977.

His wife, the former Victoria Anderson, whom he married in 1952, died in 1988. He is survived by two sisters, Melba Dorsey of Baltimore and Senora Reckling of Washington state.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Sister Mary Elena Gomez, 67, parochial schools educator

Sister Mary Elena Gomez, O.S.P., who worked at parochial schools in Baltimore, Washington and her native Cuba, died of heart failure Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 67.

Sister Mary Elena had been retired since 1996 at the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Catonsville.

Born Nilda Julia Gomez, she was raised in Havana. She entered the Oblate Sisters order in 1948 and professed her vows in 1951. She attended the old Mount Provident Junior College in Baltimore and was a graduate of St. Louis University's Institute of Child Care.

From 1951 to 1954, she was prefect of St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore. She was assigned in 1954 to Cuba, where she worked at several parochial schools. She returned to the United States in 1961, and had assignments in Norman, Miss., and Washington before her retirement.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrowat Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent Chapel, 701 Gun Road, Catonsville.

Survivors include a sister, Sira Gomez, and a niece, Marie Elena Ayon, both of Washington; and several nieces and nephews in Cuba.

Robert E. Randolph, 65, school custodian, baker

Robert E. Randolph, a retired Baltimore County elementary school custodian and former baker, died in his sleep Monday at Genesis Eldercare in Randallstown. He was 65.

The Forest Park resident had been a custodian at Johnnycake Elementary for a decade before his 1993 retirement. Earlier, he worked for Acme Bakery.

Born and raised on Mosher Street, he attended St. Peter Claver parochial school and served in the Army from 1947 to 1955.

Mr. Randolph was a neighborhood block watch captain and an avid Orioles and Colts fan.

His 1956 marriage to the former Lorraine Hill ended in divorce. In 1984, he married Lola Hargrove, who died in 1994.

Survivors include three daughters, Robin Randolph, Lorna Randolph and Gia Vincent, and a brother, Walter Randolph, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Friday.

Dorothy N. Parker, 98, homemaker, club member

Dorothy N. Parker, a homemaker who was active in several clubs, died in her sleep Monday at Manor Care Ruxton. The Timonium resident was 98.

Mrs. Parker, who formerly resided in Guilford, Roland Park and Singer Island, Fla., was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the English Speaking Union, the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Bou Tem Si Club. She also was a volunteer and a member of the Salvation Army.

The former Dorothy North was born in Cambridge and raised in Baltimore. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1918 and was a teller at the Federal Reserve Bank until her marriage in 1925 to William H. Parker Jr. He died in 1982.

Private services were held Friday at Green Mount Cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Rennert Parker of Timonium; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Robert Maxwell Myers Sr., 76, truck driver,

Robert Maxwell Myers Sr., a retired truck driver, died of heart failure Monday at the Veterans Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 76.

The 40-year Pasadena resident began his career driving a newspaper delivery truck for The Baltimore Sun Co. in 1947. He became a long-haul driver in 1952 and worked for several area motor freight lines including Davidson Transfer. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Myers attended city schools. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a chauffeur.

Mr. Myers, who retired in the mid-1970s, was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Bernice E. Merritt; three sons, Robert M. Myers Jr., George W. Myers and Russell Myers, all of Pasadena; two daughters, Beverly Vogt of Pasadena and Kathleen Livingston of Glen Burnie; a brother, Albert C. Myers of Riviera Beach; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services were private.

Nella Winch McElroy, 80, clinical social worker

Nella Winch McElroy, a retired clinical social worker and former Baltimore resident, died of cancer Tuesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She was 80.

Born and raised in Portland, Ore., she attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and in 1940 received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Reed College in Oregon. The same year, she married William D. McElroy.

In 1945, the couple moved to Baltimore, where her husband was a professor of biology at the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1966, after her divorce, Mrs. McElroy moved to Woods Hole, Mass. She was office manager for a doctor and a clinical social worker at the Thorne Clinic, a mental health facility in Pocasset, Mass. She also was active in civic affairs and volunteer work.

"She was a very loving mother who instilled a social conscience in her children," said her son Thomas S. McElroy of Baltimore.

She is survived by another son, William D. McElroy Jr. of Falmouth, Mass.; two daughters, Ann R. McElroy of Hickory, N.C., and Mary E. McElroy of Brookline, Mass.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, brother and stepmother in Portland.

A memorial ceremony will be held June 8 at the Church of the Messiah cemetery in Woods Hole, followed by a reception at the Swope Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Mildred E. Gracey, 89, homemaker, phone operator

Mildred E. Gracey, a homemaker and former telephone operator who vividly recalled the 1929 Stock Market Crash, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Oak Crest Village's community care center. She was 89.

Mrs. Gracey was a young Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator, assigned to the Vernon telephone exchange, when the stock market began its downward spiral on Black Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1929.

"She described it as being a terrifying time," said a daughter, Carol G. Redline of Perry Hall. "They weren't allowed to leave the switchboard, and she said she could hear the panic in people's voices. It was something that she never forgot."

A 45-year Stoneleigh resident, Mrs. Gracey was an animal rescue advocate and earned the nickname of the "Dog Lady of Stoneleigh" for her care of stray dogs.

Mrs. Gracey, who was one of the first residents of Oak Crest Village when she moved in 1996 to Frederick House, the assisted living center, often appeared in advertisements for the Parkville retirement community.

Born and raised on Fairmount Avenue, the former Mildred Butterworth was one of 11 children. She attended city schools until dropping out to help support her family. She worked for the telephone company from 1925 to 1943.

She was married in 1927 to Herbert A. Gracey, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who died in 1967. She returned to work that year as a PBX operator at St. Joseph Medical Center, and retired in 1970.

She was a longtime Red Cross volunteer, teaching water safety for 30 years, and was a communicant of Ascension Lutheran Church.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd.

She is also survived by another daughter, Susan Roeder of Perry Hall, and four grandchildren.


Services for Robert L. Berney, founder and president of the Berney Travel Service and patron of the arts who died Thursday, will be held at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., where he was a longtime member.

Pub date: 5/31/98

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