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Curtis Leroy Powell, 72, airplane mechanic

Curtis Leroy Powell, a former airplane mechanic, died Friday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 72.

A native of Nash County, N.C., Mr. Powell moved to Baltimore after Army service during World War II.

Mr. Powell worked as an airplane mechanic at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the former Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He later worked for the old CGR Medical Corp. in Baltimore, where he retired in the mid-1980s.

He was a sports fan, enjoyed playing cards, and for more than 40 years was a member of Cornerstone Church of Christ, 4239 Park Heights Ave., where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by three daughters, Melvern Wilmore, Curtina Pitts and Shawnetta Alston, and two brothers, Fletcher Powell and Sterling Powell, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Iredell Conyers of Newport News, Va., and Irene McCowan and Viola Arrington, both of Rocky Mount, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a longtime companion, Dartha Battle of Baltimore.

Glenice Marie Custy, 74, bookkeeper and artist

Glenice Marie Custy, a retired bookkeeper and artist, died Feb. 3 from complications of a stroke at her son's home in Fells Point. She was 74.

She retired in 1983 from Bauermann & Druzgala, a Baltimore accounting firm, where she had worked since 1975.

The former Glenice LaVoie was born and raised in West Baltimore. She left school to help support her family. During World War II, she worked as a nursing assistant and in a jewelry store. She went on to complete her education later in life, earning a bachelor of arts degree in 1970 from what is now Towson University.

She was an accomplished weaver of tapestries and painter who worked in oils.

In 1948, she was married to John Edward Custy Jr. Longtime Towson residents, the couple retired in 1986 to Royal Oak on the Eastern Shore. Mr. Custy died last year.

Surviving are two sons, David Custy of Fells Point and Ned Custy of San Diego; a daughter, Ecie Hursthouse of Auckland, New Zealand; and two grandsons.

Services were private.

Elizabeth Gilmore, 90, Homewood House docent

Elizabeth Gilmore, a former docent for Homewood House at the Johns Hopkins University, died Thursday of heart failure at Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she had lived for the past seven years. She was 90.

A Pittsburgh native, the former Elizabeth Williams graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1930 with a degree in English. She was married in 1939 to W. Kirk Gilmore, who died in 1973.

She lived in Charlottesville, Va., and was a docent at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, before moving to Baltimore in 1992 to be close to relatives. At Homewood House, she shared her love of American history with many visitors. She also enjoyed gardening, reading and antiques.

Services were held Monday in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Gilmore is survived by a daughter, Nell Gilmore Stanley, and a granddaughter, Svetlana Stanley, both of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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