Mary Elizabeth Wright Zepp, a retired Koppers Co. factory worker, died at Lorien Taneytown on April 21 of coronary artery disease and other ailments. The former Catonsville resident was 93.
She was born on the Wright-Warfield-Grimes family farm in Taylorsville, the daughter of William Earl Wright, who served in the U.S. cavalry during World War I, and Bessie Warfield Grimes Wright. Her family had roots in Carroll County dating back hundreds of years.
Mrs. Zepp attended the newly constructed Mount Airy High School, then in 1944 began working at Koppers Co. The company was making products related to the war effort, and during World War II she was a defense plant worker in the company's Inspection, Piston Ring & Seal Division in South Baltimore.
Mrs. Zepp took great pride in her career, which spanned more than 40 years. She retired in 1985.
She purchased a home in 1950 in the newly developed Academy Heights neighborhood in Catonsville. There, she spent many years with her longtime friend Blanche East. She lived there until 2017 when she moved to Lorien Taneytown.
She and Mrs. East, an employee of Rosewood State Hospital, had a motorboat and enjoyed fishing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Patapsco River and Rock Creek.
They also liked visiting the historic Maryland Beach, a "summer colony" beach destination in Anne Arundel County near Boyd Pond and Hancock's Resolution Park, and vacationed in Holmes Beach on the west coast of Florida.
Mrs. East died in 1994.
Mrs. Zepp was an animal lover whose small dog Henry was a companion for many years. She was also known for her sea shell art works.
She was dedicated to her extended family, and enjoyed spending time with nieces and nephews, the children of her sister, Louise Wright Frock Miller of Westminster. Family members said she often shared stories of the values she learned growing up on a rural farm in the Great Depression — hard work, integrity and patriotism.
She was a lifelong member of Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 4356 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow at the historic church cemetery where her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried.
In addition to her sister, she is survived by lifelong friend Kitty Fleming Penn of Mount Airy; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to Mrs. East, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Earl Wright, who died in 1923 of tetanus at age 2, and an adopted brother, Martin Grimes Fowler Wright. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.