Jean W. Poe, 79, teacher in Ohio...


Jean W. Poe, 79, teacher in Ohio high schools

Jean W. Poe, a retired teacher and Towson resident, died Friday of respiratory failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 79.

She taught Spanish and English in high schools in Shawnee and Eaton, Ohio, for more than 20 years and retired in 1974.

Mrs. Poe moved to Towson in 1982 and was a volunteer with the Baltimore County Senior Box Office, and a member of Towson United Methodist Church.

The former Jean Watts, who was born in Roanoke, Va., earned a bachelor's degree from Farmville (Va.) State Teachers' College, now Longwood College, in 1940 and a master's degree in education from Miami University of Ohio in 1968.

She married Elias D. Poe Jr. in 1943; he died in 1970.

Services for Mrs. Poe will be held at 1 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

She is survived by three sons, Elias D. "Ed" Pope III of Towson, Richard B. Poe of Salem, Ore.; and Herbert W. Poe of Lodi, Ohio; a sister, Ann Watts Strayer of Burleson, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Barbara McCowan-Lewis, 58, private-duty nurse

Barbara S. McCowan-Lewis, a homemaker and former private-duty nurse, died Thursday of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital. The lifelong Northwest Baltimorean was 58.

She was a private-duty nurse, often for terminally ill patients, for 30 years and retired in 1994.

The former Barbara S. Hope, a licensed practical nurse, was a graduate of Douglass High School and earned an associate degree in nursing from the then-Community College of Baltimore.

Her marriage to Harvey D. McCowan ended in divorce.

Services will be held at noon today at March Funeral Home Inc., 4300 Wabash Ave.

She is survived by her husband of eight years, Charles F. Lewis; a son, Andre B. Dalton of Woodlawn; two daughters, Kim Y. McCowan-Williams of Washington and Barbara Maxine McCowan of Baltimore; three brothers, Donald Ford and Maurice Ford, both of Baltimore, and Shelton Hines of Los Angeles; three sisters, Kay Ford, Linda Ford and Towanda Ford, all of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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