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Virginia L. Taylor, 97, office manager

Virginia L. Taylor, a retired office manager, died Wednesday at The Wesley, an assisted-living residence in Baltimore. The lifelong city resident was 97.

She had worked for 35 years in the offices of two carpet cleaning companies in Hampden. In 1960, she became a live-in supervisor at what was then the Wesley Home and also served on its board of managers.

At her retirement, she became a resident of the home and volunteered for many years in its canteen.

Services were private.

She is survived by a sister, Alice T. Seick of Baltimore County.

Hugh Edward Gelston, 90, real estate broker, appraiser

Hugh Edward Gelston, a retired real estate broker and appraiser, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Armacost Nursing Home. He was 90 and had lived in Phoenix, Baltimore County, for 40 years.

He was the last surviving charter member of the Real Estate Brokers Roundtable of Baltimore County and was a former president of the Appraisers Society of Baltimore County.

Known to his friends and family as "Bum," Mr. Gelston was born at Gelston Heights, the family estate in West Baltimore. He attended the Marston and Boys' Latin schools. During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a hospital corpsman at several bases in the United States.

He was the brother of the late Maj. Gen. George Gelston, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, the former Sue Fleming; a son, Hugh E. Gelston Jr.; a daughter, Barbara Cunliffe, all of Phoenix; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Robinson Graver, 83, nursing supervisor

Carolyn Robinson Graver, a retired nurse who worked at area hospitals, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 83.

She worked at hospitals including Sinai and the former Montebello State Hospital, where she was a nursing supervisor, and at the Maryland School for the Blind.

"She worked most often with the severely disabled patients," said her daughter, Holly Robinson of New York.

Born Carolyn Taylor in Cape Cod, Mass., Mrs. Graver earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Simmons College in Boston.

A self-taught artist, Mrs. Graver began painting in oils when her three children were young and continued the hobby for the rest of her life.

She was married for 25 years to Harvey Adrian Robinson, who died in 1966. In 1984, she married Oliver Graver, who died in 1996.

In recent years, Mrs. Graver became a staunch football fan of Calvert Hall, where her son, Jay Robinson of Stoneleigh, is head coach.

Services are private.

She is also survived by another daughter, Polly Fukuhara of Oceanside, Calif., and a grandson.

Robert M. Hubbard, 86 postal service employee

Robert M. Hubbard, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and World War II veteran, died Wednesday of a heart attack at the Masonic Home of Maryland in Cockeysville. He was 86.

A longtime Mayfield resident who had lived at the retirement home since 1992, Mr. Hubbard worked for 40 years in the post office complaint department. He served at the old main post office on Calvert Street and retired in 1975 from the city's present postal headquarters on East Fayette Street.

Born and raised in Hampden, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he served as a radio technician with the Army's 344th Engineering Regiment and participated in the Normandy invasion.

He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge of the Masons and enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

He was married in 1954 to the former Hilda Weitzel, who died in 1984.

A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday in the chapel at the Masonic Home of Maryland, at 300 International Circle.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Frank Ryley Hiss, 79, banker with Second National

Frank Ryley Hiss, a former Towson banker, died Friday of lung cancer at a hospital in Bardstown, Ky. He was 79.

Mr. Hiss, who had moved to Bardstown from My Lady's Manor in 1975, began his banking career with the old Second National Bank in Towson in 1950. He served as branch manager of the bank, later taken over by First National Bank. He retired in 1975.

Mr. Hiss enjoyed collecting, restoring and selling early American antiques.

Born and raised in Roland Park, he was a graduate of City College. During World War II, he served as a mechanic with Gen. Claire L. Chennault's Flying Tigers air squad in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant at war's end.

Mr. Hiss began his business career in 1945 as a stockbroker with Baker Watts & Co., now Ferris Baker Watts Inc.

His 1947 marriage to the former Peggy Davis ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Judith White; two daughters, Anne Boyce Carter of My Lady's Manor and Susie Vail Thomas of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Fielder I. Hiss of Ocean View, Del.; two sisters, Mary Yearley Pridgen of Arlington, Va., and Mary Louise Brooks of Anneslie; and three grandchildren.

Plans for a memorial service in Bardstown were incomplete.

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