Minerva Eades, 82, schoolteacherMinerva Eades, a former...


Minerva Eades, 82, schoolteacher

Minerva Eades, a former schoolteacher, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at her Baltimore home. She was 82.

The former Minerva Ferguson, a native of Elkins, W.Va., dropped out of high school in Cumberland and went to work in a textile plant to help support her family. During World War II, she worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co., the Middle River aircraft manufacturer.

In 1962, after completing her high school requirements, she earned an associate of arts degree from Essex Community College in 1966. From the Johns Hopkins University, she got a bachelor of science degree in 1972 and a master's in education in 1974.

Mrs. Eades taught in Baltimore County elementary schools in Rosedale and Middle River until the early 1980s and then worked as a real estate agent.

She was on the board of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson and was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Joppa Road, where services were held Saturday.

In 1937, she married Samuel B. Eades, who died in 1977.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra L. Eades of Baltimore; a son, Samuel B. Eades II of Baltimore; two brothers, Edward Ferguson of Cumberland and Arthur Ferguson of Georgia; and a sister, Sarah Ferguson of Florida.

Mary Catherine Royston, 85, teacher, children's advocate

Mary Catherine Royston, a retired teacher and longtime member of the Children's Aid Society, died Saturday of a stroke at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. She was 85.

The former Mary Catherine Davis, who was born in Aliquippa, Pa., moved with her family to Dundalk as a child and was educated in Baltimore County schools.

She received a teaching degree from the former Towson Normal School in the early 1930s, taught at the former Edgemere Junior High School until the mid-1940s, and became a homemaker after the birth of her daughter in 1946.

She was a longtime member and served on the board of the Children's Aid Society, a private organization dedicated to improving the lives of area children.

"She was an advocate way back then for children's rights, even before children had rights," said her daughter, Jane Walker of Lutherville.

Mrs. Royston was a member of the Baltimore County Club and a longtime member of Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Her husband, Carroll William Royston, a prominent Towson lawyer whom she married in 1939, died in 1991.

She also is survived by a cousin, Alice Davis of Pittsburgh; and a grandson.

Pub Date: 6/09/98

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