Betty Ann Hauf, who started a nursing career at 53 after raising six children, died Thursday of ovarian cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she had worked for eight years. She was 71 and lived in Timonium.
A native Baltimorean, Betty Ann Baltzell graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in 1946. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1950.
A pianist, she also earned a degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory in 1945 while in high school.
In 1952, she married Joseph C. Hauf III of Baltimore. They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy.
After sending the last of her children to college, Mrs. Hauf returned to school. After graduating from the Community College of Baltimore with a nursing degree in 1982, she worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
After retiring about 1991, she spent hundreds of hours at Stella Maris Hospice helping the terminally ill. She volunteered there until learning she had cancer seven months ago.
"She had an uncanny way with aged people," Mr. Hauf said. "She had a skill not many have."
Mrs. Hauf was on the parent advisory board of Polytechnic Institute, performed with the handbell and voice choirs of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, and enjoyed gardening.
When she lived in Roland Park, residents called her "the flower lady" for the striking plants filling her terrace. After the Haufs moved to Timonium in 1989, she continued to plant flowers.
"She created gardens all around the house," Mr. Hauf said. "We have an acre. She tried to fill it all up."
Mrs. Hauf's other passions were the Orioles and Ireland, which she visited several times.
She was predeceased by a son, Stuart.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Church, 101 Church Lane.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Deborah Wilson of Towson; five sons, Michael Hauf of Columbus, Ga., Paul Hauf of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Stephen Hauf of Santa Rosa, Calif., Thomas Hauf of Syracuse, N.Y., and Richard Hauf of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and 12 grandchildren.
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