Mary Elizabeth Hearn

Mary E. Hearn, a retired Baltimore County public school educator who enjoyed the theater and opera, died Sunday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications from a fall. She was 85.

The daughter of James Edward McManus, a bookkeeper, and Grace Ann Boyle McManus, a homemaker, Mary Elizabeth McManus was born and raised in Clarksville, Pa., where she graduated in 1947 from Jefferson High School.


She graduated in 1951 from Duquesne University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. In 1952, she married her college sweetheart, John Barry Hearn Sr., who was also an educator.

The couple moved to Baltimore in 1952. Mrs. Hearn taught business education at Perry Hall High School for 20 years before retiring in 1990.

Her husband, who had been principal at Woodlawn Elementary School, died in 1981. In 1996, she married Stanley D. Cox, a retired career Marine Corps officer.

Mrs. Hearn and her husband were world travelers, and she also was a creative quilter, family members said.

Mrs. Hearn, a longtime Perry Hall resident, also liked attending Center Stage and the Baltimore Opera Company. She and her husband were also fans of classic Hollywood and foreign films.

An bridge player, she had a standing card game every Friday evening with a sister, Frances Marconi of Perry Hall, and several friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.

In addition to her husband and sister, Mrs. Hearn is survived by two sons, John B. Hearn Jr. of Baltimore and Dennis Hearn of York, Pa.; six daughters, Moira Schwartz and Sheila Bragg, both of Baltimore, and Jeanne Hearn of Apex, N.C., Grace Hearn, Katie Hearn Zang and Frances Hearn, all of Seattle; a stepson, Christopher Cox of Colorado Springs; two stepdaughters, Victoria Mouras of Blacksburg, Va., and Deborah Wonch-Cox of Selma, Texas; two other sisters, Joan Berwick of Elkton and Eileen Muhly of Clarksville, Pa.; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.