Betty Woods, office worker who appeared in film 'Female Trouble,' dies

Baltimore filmmaker John Waters filmed a scene of "Female Trouble" with Mrs. Woods as Divine's mother.

Betty Woods, a former office worker who later had a cameo appearance in a 1974 John Waters film, died March 12 of circulation problems at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She was 97.

The daughter of Dr. Horace Norton Porter, a dentist, and Bessie Brown Porter Rossiter, a Realtor, Betty Brown Porter was born in Baltimore and raised in on North Charles Street. She was a graduate of the Hannah More Academy.

In 1941, she married Joseph Lyle Woods Jr., an artist who owned Winchester & Woods Inc., a family-owned business that made toys for children.

Mrs. Woods worked during the late 1960s in the office of the old Stewart's department store on York Road, and from 1975 to 1993 at the old Maryland National Bank.

The couple lived on Wickford Road in Roland Park, and later on Goodale Road in Homeland, where Mr. Waters, the Baltimore filmmaker, filmed a scene in their living room for his 1974 cult classic "Female Trouble."

Some of the cast included Divine, Pat Moran, Edith Massey, Mink Stole and David Lochary. Mrs. Woods had a cameo role playing Divine's mother.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Woods and her husband sold their home in Homeland and purchased a home on East Montgomery Street in Federal Hill, which they restored.

In 2002, they sold the house and moved to Cannery Square in Easton.

Her husband died in 2010, and in 2012, she moved to a home on Stone Hill in Hampden.

She was a Baltimore Orioles fan and enjoyed photography, travel, raising Siamese cats and collecting antique furniture.

She was a former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and later rejoined Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 233 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 31.

Mrs. Wood is survived by a son, Joseph Lyle Woods 3rd of Chalfont, Pa.; two daughters, Elizabeth Pirie Woods of Cambridge and Mary Jannie Woods of Zion, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, David Porter Woods, died in 1996.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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