Har­vadene Gus­tus, re­tired so­cial worker

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Har­vadene Mar­ion Gus­tus, a re­tired De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment so­cial worker, died last Satur­day at Green House at Sta­dium Place of com­pli­ca­tions from a stroke.

The Fed­eral Hill res­i­dent was 72.

Born in Bal­ti­more and known as “Deanie,” she was the daugh­ter of Howard Wil­liams and Mary Susie Ross.

She grad­u­ated from For­est Park High School in 1962.

She later earned a de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from what is now Mor­gan State Univer­sity. Fam­ily mem­bers said she paid for her ed­u­ca­tion by work­ing at an A&P gro­cery store.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she taught in the Bal­ti­more pub­lic schools for a year. She then joined the staff of the old Rose­wood Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter, where she be­came an ad­min­is­tra­tor for the dis­abled.

In1967, she mar­ried her For­est Park High School sweet­heart, Roy Ed­wards. They later di­vorced.

She met her sec­ond hus­band, Ru­dolph Gus­tus, while on at an ap­point­ment in a doc­tor’s of­fice. They also later di­vorced.

Mrs. Gus­tus in­vested in the fam­ily com­pany, G&M Oil, which be­came a suc­cess­ful home fuel-oil de­liv­ery busi­ness. She sub­se­quently joined the board of Har­bor Bank of Mary­land.

A Demo­crat, she sup­ported po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns in­clud­ing Kurt L. Schmoke’s may­oral can­di­dacy.

She also raised funds for the Amer­i­can Red Cross and the House of Ruth.

In 1994, she be­came a so­cial worker for De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and as­sisted res­i­dents at the Rose­mont Se­nior Tow­ers. She also ran a cur­rent events dis­cus­sion group. She re­tired in 2002. Mrs. Gus­tus en­joyed play­ing cards. She was a devo­tee of thor­ough­bred rac­ing and en­joyed lunches at the Pim­lico Race Course and Lau­rel Park club­houses.

She also solved puz­zles and worked crafts, in­clud­ing string art, paint­ing, cro­chet­ing, knit­ting and jewelry mak­ing.

A fu­neral will be held at 10 a.m. to­day at the March West Fu­neral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Sur­vivors in­clude two daugh­ters, Camille Gus­tus and An­gela Gus­tus, both of Bal­ti­more; a sis­ter, Shirley Jack­son of Pikesville; a grand­son; and two step­grand­sons.

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