Velma Ruth Jacobs, a former hospital registrar, died of heart failure Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Dundalk resident was 79.
Velma Ruth Holt was born and reared in Pine Knot, Ky., and moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s.
"She worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant building ships. She was a real Rosie the Riveter type," said her daughter Judith S. McGowan of Lutherville.
After raising her children, Mrs. Jacobs took a job at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was chief registrar at the time of her retirement in 1989.
She had been active in the Gray Manor PTA and was an active member of Patapsco Neck Senior Citizen Center, where she enjoyed line dancing.
Her marriage to Edward Simpson ended in divorce. She was married for 52 years to Eugene Jacobs, a bricklayer, who died in 2001.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave., Dundalk.
Mrs. Jacobs is survived by two other daughters, Cheryl D. Atkins and Jennifer E. Jacobs, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters. Another daughter, Jacquelyn Simpson, died in 1997.