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Jane Holter, 82, owned and operated gift shops


Jane Hoen Holter, who owned and operated Betty Blue Gift Shops for about 40 years, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of a stroke that followed a fall last week at her longtime Cedarcroft home. She was 82.

Before she sold her gift-and-card stores in 1976, Mrs. Holter ran shops on Greenmount Avenue and at the Northwood and the Hillendale shopping centers.

Born in Baltimore, the former Jane Hoen was a 1934 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and studied for two years at Strayer Business College.

In 1936, she opened a small shop on Charles Street, said a daughter, Deborah B. Irvin of Reisterstown and Port St. Lucie, Fla.

About a year later, she bought the Betty Blue shop on Greenmount Avenue. During the 1950s, she opened a second Betty Blue shop in Northwood Shopping Center and a third when Hillendale Shopping Center was built.

"When I was born and came home from the hospital, they put me in a card drawer," said Mrs. Irvin, who later worked at her mother's stores. "They stood me on a box to reach the cash register," she said.

The Northwood store was closed after a fire on Mother's Day in 1960, and Mrs. Holter sold the other stores in 1976.

Mrs. Holter was a member of the Towson Christian Woman's Club and the Catholic League of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her second husband, Dr. Paul Wilson Holter, a dentist and retired Army colonel whom she married in 1974; another daughter, Pamela B. Knott of Baltimore; a son, Timothy L. Blucher of Towson; a stepdaughter, Tammie Yoshioka of Hilo, Hawaii; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/25/99

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