Evelyn G. Marshall, 85, opened family restaurant

Evelyn Geneva Marshall, whose family owns Captain Harvey's Restaurant in Owings Mills, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Brighton Gardens retirement center in Towson. She was 85.

She and her late husband, "Captain" Harvey E. Marshall Sr., opened the first Captain Harvey's Restaurant in 1935 on Cross Street in South Baltimore. In 1954, they moved the restaurant to Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, where it is now owned and operated by her son, Harvey Marshall Jr. and his wife, Eula Marshall, of Reisterstown.


Born Evelyn Ross in Reisterstown, she attended parochial school in Baltimore County.

As a young woman, Mrs. Marshall worked for the Calvert Distillery in Owings Mills. At the time they met, her husband was a tugboat captain for Curtis Bay Towing Co. Her husband died in 1971.


Mrs. Marshall was a horseracing enthusiast and attended the Kentucky Derby every year, her son said. She often traveled to Louisville to visit her daughter, Carolyn Marshall Snawder, he said.

Mr. Marshall said that his mother enjoyed cooking for family and friends, helping people in need and loved Maryland steamed crabs and visits to the Eastern Shore.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and a member of the Immaculate Conception Leisure Club, Bykota Senior Center, Reisterstown Lioness Club and 4th District Democratic Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon.

Besides her son and daughter, she is also survived by two sisters, Catherine Lindner of Baltimore and Ann Cowman of Reisterstown; a brother, James Ross of Reisterstown; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.