Muriel A. Black, 97, homemaker, volunteerMuriel A....


Muriel A. Black, 97, homemaker, volunteer

Muriel A. Black, a homemaker and lifelong Sandtown-Winchester resident, died Saturday at Good Samaritan Nursing Center from complications of a stroke. She was 97.

Until moving to the nursing center two years ago, Mrs. Black lived for 77 years in a North Carrollton Avenue rowhouse in West Baltimore, where she was born and raised.

She was a 1939 graduate of Douglass High School and graduated from the old Cortez Peters Business School in 1940. She worked for the Social Security Administration in the Candler Building until she married Charles Jennings Black in 1943. He died in 1972.

"She was a staunch Republican and worked the polls at election time for years," said a daughter, Charlaine B. Webb of Reidsville, N.C.

Mrs. Black enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, playing the piano and attending the theater.

She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and had been an active member of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church.

Services were held yesterday.

She is also survived by two other daughters, Cheryl E. Black and Cecily E. McGoins, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Alta Harriet Fowler, 80, technician, homemaker

Alta Harriet Fowler, a former Westinghouse Electric Corp. technician and homemaker, died Monday of a heart attack at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 80.

Mrs. Fowler, a longtime resident of Relay, had been employed at the Westinghouse plant in Linthicum from 1956 until leaving in 1967 to raise her family.

The former Alta Fredrickson, born and raised in Zion, Ill., was descended from the Friends, McMullens, Savages, Brownings and Enlows, all pioneering settlers of Garrett County.

She was a graduate of ZionHigh School and came to Baltimore in 1941. She married Richard L. Fowler Sr., a Baltimore County educator, in 1942.

She was a frequent participant in Enlow family reunions, which are held each June.

She also was active in Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., Halethorpe, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard L. Fowler Jr. of Miami, and Jeffrey H. Fowler of Relay; a daughter, Audrey Alta Fowler of Relay; a brother, Clair Enlow Fredrickson of Staten Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

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