Marian Therese Crowe, who owned and operated an Ellicott City antiques shop, died of an infection Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 78 and a resident of Ellicott City.
The former Marian Therese Healey was born and raised in Baltimore, and was a 1945 graduate of Seton High School. She earned a business degree at the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington two years later.
She worked many years ago as a secretary to a Standard Oil Co. executive.
"She would practice her skills at dictation by taking shorthand while listening to the radio," said a son, Patrick H. Crowe of Ellicott City.
In 1967, she became a real estate agent for Hopkins Associates in Howard County and two years later opened Strawberry Alley on Ellicott City's Main Street. She sold antique linen and collected quilts. After closing the shop, she continued to sell at the Columbia Flea Market and antiques shows.
In 1972, she founded Brady Healey Secretarial Services, and worked for Howard County lawyers and the Johns Eastern insurance company.
For nearly 25 years she played the organ at Our Lady of Victory, St. Paul's and Resurrection Roman Catholic parishes.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, where she was a member.
In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Michael F. Crowe Sr. of Baltimore and Sean J. Crowe of Woodbine; a daughter, Susan Abbassian of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren. Her husband of 48 years, Patrick H. Crowe Sr., died in 1998.