Susan Thornton Shutt, 89, studied cancer at...


Susan Thornton Shutt, 89, studied cancer at Hopkins

Susan Thornton Shutt, a retired cytotechnologist and educational coordinator in the Division of Cytopathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died of cancer Oct. 19 at her son's Owings Mills home. She was 89 and lived in Lutherville.

She spent 40 years teaching students and physicians how to detect cancer cells. She retired nine years ago.

Using her artistic talent, she cast plastic replicas of malignant and normal cells as teaching and diagnostic aids.

Born Susan Thornton Russell in Fairmont, W.Va., she was a graduate of Potomac State College in West Virginia and then-Towson State Teachers College and received a certificate in cytotechnology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She taught elementary school and then went into the study of cancer cells.

In 1932, she wed Cleon Moore Shutt, a Shell Oil executive. The marriage ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

She is survived by a son, Cleon Moore Shutt Jr. of Owings Mills; two daughters, Page Mason Tomlinson of Delmar, N.Y., and Ann Alexander Shutt of Lutherville; seven grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

Doris E. Oates, 79, legal secretary for husband

Doris E. Oates, a legal secretary for four decades and longtime Carney resident, died Saturday of pneumonia at Angel's Touch Assisted Living in West Friendship. She was 79.

She was legal secretary for her husband, Joseph Patrick Oates, who for years practiced in Highlandtown and more recently from an office at home.

The former Doris Miller was born in Canton and graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame and Strayer's Business College.

During the early days of World War II, she was a secretary at the Johns Hopkins University and was assigned to the Manhattan Project, which helped to develop the atomic bomb.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by three sons, J. Patrick Oates of Glen Burnie, Sean L. Oates of Selbyville, Del., and Terrence M. Oates of Bel Air; three daughters, Maureen E. Moran of Parkville, Sheila Ann Gordon of Sykesville and Nancy O. Stanley of West Friendship; and 14 grandchildren.

Conservella Lane, 72, domestic worker

Conservella Lane, a retired domestic worker, died in her sleep Thursday at Future Care Homewood in Baltimore. She was 72.

Miss Lane, a longtime Aisquith Street resident, had worked as a domestic for nearly 40 years, retiring in the late 1970s. Known as Connie, she was born in Pasadena and left school at an early age to go to work. She enjoyed raising fish and collecting dolls.

Services are set for 6: 30 p.m. today at First Charity Baptist Church, 611 Aisquith St., where she was a member and served on the usher board.

She is survived by a son, George Wiley of Baltimore; two brothers, Claven Brooks and Floyd Green, both of Baltimore; four sisters, Sheila Taliaferro of Pasadena, and Lorraine Hall, Audrey Booker and Patricia Simmons, all of Glen Burnie; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Margaret B. DeShazo, 86, department store worker

Margaret B. DeShazo, a retired department store sales associate and member of Faith Baptist Church, died in her sleep Oct. 19 at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 86.

Mrs. DeShazo had worked at Hutzler's department store on Howard Street in downtown Baltimore for more than 20 years and retired in 1986.

Born Margaret Bradsher in Durham, N.C., she graduated from high school there and moved to Washington, where she was a clerical worker for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Navy Department.

In 1956, the longtime East Baltimore resident married Alexander DeShazo, who died in 1981.

For 57 years, she was a member of Faith Baptist Church, 833 N. Bond St., where she served on the usher board, sang in the choir and was active in missionary work. Services were held at the church Saturday.

She is survived by a son, Wallace DeShazo, and two daughters, Edna B. Rainey and Greta Harrison, all of Baltimore; six grandsons; and several great-grandchildren.

Frederick A. Levering III, 84, represented manufacturers

Frederick A. Levering III, a manufacturers' representative of building hardware, died Tuesday of complications of a stroke at Blakehurst Retirement Community. He was 84.

The longtime resident of Circle Road in Ruxton had lived at the Towson retirement community since 1996.

He retired in 1984 from Levering & Associates, a firm he established in 1949.

Born in Guilford, he was a 1934 graduate of Gilman School and received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1938.

He was commissioned in the Naval Reserve, having volunteered six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the war, he was based in England and served on anti-submarine patrols.

In 1944, he married Frances Mary Gullion, who died in July.

He enjoyed sailing, golfing and tennis and was a member of the Elkridge Club and a former member of the Bachelors Cotillon.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where a memorial service was held Friday. He is survived by a son, Frederick A. Levering IV of Stevenson; two daughters, Martha S. Levering of Charlottesville, Va., and Sunny Levering Brown of Boulder, Colo.; and a grandson.

Arbutus J. Shifflett, 81, artist, real estate agent

Arbutus J. Shifflett, a retired real estate agent and artist, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at Rock Glen Nursing Center in Baltimore. She was 81.

Mrs. Shifflett, who was known as "Bootie" and lived in Arbutus, retired in the 1970s from Grempler Realty Inc., where she had worked for 18 years. Earlier, she was an operator for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

She painted portraits and still-lifes in oils and acrylics, and was a member of the Art League. The former Arbutus Jenkins was born in Front Royal, Va., where she graduated from high school.

In the 1950s, she married Herman Shifflett, who died in 1980.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a niece, Eleanor Hockman of Arbutus; and four step-daughters, Lottie Rodriguez of Baltimore, Rosalie Hunt of Essex, Linda Oates of Ocean City, and Pearl Heinicken of Houston.


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