Carolyn E. "Betty" Vogel, a homemaker and former registered nurse, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 86.
She was born Carolyn Elizabeth Routon, the daughter of Edward S. Routon, a Fruit Growers Express Co. executive, and Phelena Carolyn Moore Routon, a homemaker, in the Mount Olive neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Known as "Betty," she moved with her family to Salisbury, where she graduated in 1947 from Salisbury High School. She earned a nursing degree in 1950 from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Mrs. Vogel nursed for a decade at Union Memorial Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center and performed polio nursing locally as well as in West Point, N.Y., and Indianapolis.
She was married in 1957 to Robert E. Vogel, who was one of the founders and later served as president of Electronic Modules Corp. in Timonium and later Hunt Valley.
The couple lived on Brookside Lane in Riderwood before moving to Stevenson Road in the Greenspring Valley, where they lived for 40 years before moving in 2012 to Blakehurst.
She had volunteered for several years at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Mrs. Vogel was a gardener and bridge player. She was a fan of classical music and enjoyed attending the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the opera at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric.
She was also a world traveler and a lifelong student of French. "She was known as 'Madame Bette' to members of her family," said a daughter, Carolyn A. Magee of Hampstead.
Mrs. Vogel had been a member of the Roland Run Club, where she played tennis until the 1980s. She enjoyed playing golf at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club and Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City, Fla., where she and her husband maintained a second home for 30 years.
She was a former communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, and was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York road.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Vogel is survived by another daughter, Mary V. Gibb of Baltimore; a brother, Donald S. Routon of Casper, Wyo.; and two grandchildren.