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Janice C. Beck, businesswoman

Janice C. Beck, an advertising sales representative and grammarian who enjoyed word games, died Sept. 9 of a bladder infection and pneumonia at Brighton Gardens of Columbia, a senior-living facility.

The former Mount Washington resident was 92.

Janice Gold was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, where she graduated in 1937 from Springfield High School.

She came to Baltimore to attend Goucher College. In 1941, she married Raymond Crone, who was the owner of the Parisian Hosiery Co. The couple divorced in 1963.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Mrs. Beck was a self-employed independent advertising sales representative working for several companies.

Mrs. Beck was a longtime docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art and, as an accomplished needleworker, created wall hangings and pillows that were inspired by modern paintings.

"She was a Jill of all trades and a woman of many interests," said her daughter, Betsy Crone of Washington. "She was an avid gardener, reader, bowler, golfer, bridge and mah-jongg player."

Mrs. Beck was a strict grammarian and, as a somewhat regular writer of letters to the editor, often chose this forum in letters signed "J.G. Beck" to chide editors and point out grammatical errors in The Baltimore Sun.

"If a widely-read newspaper like The Sun cannot be a model of good English, they ought to be embarrassed," she wrote in a 1985 letter.

An expert Scrabble player, Mrs. Beck had run the Scrabble Club in Columbia for more than 30 years, her daughter said.

Mrs. Beck also was a world traveler who compiled photo albums of her trips. She carried on a correspondence with several authors, including Baltimore's Anne Tyler, whenever they published a new book.

She was married for a decade to Howard Beck, a salesman who died in 1980. Her longtime companion, Leonard Rogers, a salesman, died in 2008.

Services were Tuesday Sol Levinson & Bros.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Robert Crone of Honolulu; and a brother, William Gold of Northampton, Mass.

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