Elizabeth Amos, a retired teacher at Timonium Elementary School, died March 2 at Gilchrist Towson Center of complications after a broken hip. The Towson resident was 92.
Born in Chicago, she was the daughter of Robert Jacques Jouette Martin Jr., a Western Electric efficiency expert and engineer, and his wife, Theodore “Doe” Tucker.
She moved with her family to the West Towson neighborhood of Southland Hills when she was 2 years old when her father was transferred to Baltimore to help build the Point Breeze Western Electric Works in Southeast Baltimore.
She was a 1944 graduate of Towson High School. She attended Mary Washington College and then-Salisbury State College, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree, and earned a master’s degree from what is now Towson University.
She assisted with bookkeeping for Marsden Chevrolet and worked at Bendix Electronics. She joined Baltimore County Public Schools and taught the second grade at Timonium Elementary School, retiring in 1990.
She met her future husband, Clarence Robert Amos, a Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II, on a bus. They became pen pals and married at Calvary Baptist Church in 1949.
They later moved into her family home on Georgia Court in Southland Hills.
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“Throughout her life my mom was passionate about the activities of her church,” said her son, Theodore Amos of Towson. “My mom walked to church from our nearby home. She taught Sunday school and helped in the nursery. She sewed and assembled migrant bags, she baked cakes for the homeless and was involved with the Assistance Center of Towson Churches.”
He said Mrs. Amos hosted a family Thanksgiving lunch for 35-40 guests.
“She was always willing to provide a meal and a bed to a traveling family member or family friend who might be traveling through or visiting the Baltimore area,” he said.
“She loved babies and children, and she took pictures of neighborhood scenes and sent copies to parents of the neighborhood children who came on Halloween,” he also said. “She preserved strawberries and canned applesauce, tomato juice, fruits and vegetables. She knitted baby booties from her mother’s Tucker family pattern. She once sent a set of her booties to Queen Elizabeth.”
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson.
In addition to her son, survivors include three other sons, Jacques Amos of Perry Hall, George Amos of Timonium and Kenneth Amos of Hampton; a daughter, Anne Coughlin of Perry Hall; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her husband of 58 years, a Baltimore Gas and Electric engineer, died in 2007.