Frances H. Bolth, a retired University of Maryland secretary, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at College Manor, a Timonium nursing home, where she lived for the past two years. The former Towson resident was 84.
Born Frances Haviland in Stevenson, she moved to Warrenton, Va., and left high school when her father, Edward Joseph Haviland, lost his American Oil Co. job during the Depression. She and her family returned to Texas in Baltimore County and eventually lived on Evesham Avenue in Govans.
During World War II she married Franklin Anderson Bolth, a chemist. He died in 1991.
After raising a family, she was a secretary at the University of Maryland in downtown Baltimore and then worked in medical supply procurement for Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She retired 20 years ago.
Mrs. Bolth, a reader with many interests, enrolled in the College of Notre Dame of Maryland Renaissance Institute, where she took numerous courses.
A baker, she made fresh coconut, Lady Baltimore and three-layer, yellow-batter chocolate icing cakes. She also made pecan confections called butter boats that she donated to charity fund raisers.
"She was not limited to desserts," said her daughter, Liz Swanson of Baltimore. "She cooked specialty items for family, friends and even pets. She pureed gizzards for her best friend's cat that was recuperating from surgery."
She also cared for elderly family members.
Mrs. Bolth enjoyed bridge and played as often as four times a week. She was a past vice president of the Towson Women's Club.
A memorial gathering will he held at 3 p.m. Friday at College Manor, 300 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, Andy Bolth of York, Pa., and Bob Bolth of Towson; two sisters, Nancy Haviland and Peggy Calta, both of Carpinteria, Calif.; and six grandchildren.