Jean Ather

Jean Claire Ather (Wolff)

Sunday, August 4th, 1935 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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Jean Claire Ather, of Westminster, passed away on March 28, 2020 at Westminster Health Care Center. Jean was born on August 4, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Frederick Vernon Wolff and Florence E. Betts Wolff. She was the wife of the late Duane Revoir Ather.

Mrs. Ather was an Executive Secretary for the Baltimore Spice Company.

She is survived by her children Robert L. Townsend of Dundalk, Mark S. Ather and his wife JoAnn of Arbutus and Tracy L. Ather and his wife Aileen of Westminster; sister Anne L. Wray of Baltimore; grandchildren, Nicole, Holly, Rachel, Keram, Ian, Emily and Jake; great grandchildren, Marrina, Jadalyn and Rylee. Predeceased by grandson Matthew.

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Tracy Ather

Posted at 10:04pm
I would like to start of by telling everyone about a beautiful woman (my Mother). If you had seen the photos of my mother through out her life you would see what I mean and I can understand why my Father fell in love with her.
But my Mother’s beauty goes way beyond her appearance. Besides her friendly smile and beautiful blue eyes which everyone seemed to comment on my Mother had a wonderful out going personality. She was always there to help someone or comfort somebody in time of need.
Some guys liked to act strong and macho growing up but I don’t mind saying I was the Momma’s boy. My Mother and I had a very tight bond growing up sometimes I think stronger than the bond between my Father and I although My Father loved me very much and I loved him very much but it was a little different with me and my Mother.
My Father was a quiet strong sort of man mostly soft spoken and gentle whereas my Mother was a little more outgoing and out spoken (which I believe I inherited from my Mother). My Mother was a very talented person who had attended the Peabody institute for piano as a young girl and who was also very gifted in art. My Mother had painted several pictures through out her life which showed and expressed her talent. I like to think that I inherited my talent for art and drawing from my Mother. My Mother also enjoyed Ice skating and was an accomplished figure skater when she was young.
While growing up my Mother enjoyed doing many things as family such as camping (hooking the family car up to our Pop-up camper and taking a long weekend camping trip up to Western Maryland or some other nearby campground). My Mother loved going camping to Myrtle Beach SC. and to Vermont where my Father was born and raised.
My Mother didn’t just sit in the camper when we went on the trips, she enjoyed lying on the beach in SC. and fishing in the local lakes as well as driving up into the mountains when we went to Vermont. My Mother enjoyed the outside very much and enjoyed any chance she got to do something outside.
My Mother and Father did not have a lot of money while I was growing up and my Mother worked for around 15 years as an executive secretary for the Baltimore Spice Company. That may not sound very important but knowing how strong my Mother was I can tell you she just about kept that company running.
Every year around Christmas time I looked forward to going to work with my Mother because they would have a Christmas party where they gave out turkeys to the employees and those little chocolate peanut turtle candies to the employee’s kids (mmmmm). I also had the opportunity to go to my Mother’s work on a few other occasions for reasons I don’t quite remember but I do remember sitting on the floor next to her desk as she worked and I can say she did truly work hard.
Then the day came when I was quite a bit older and my Mother was still working at the Baltimore Spice Company and I went into her bedroom in the morning to find her in great pain having a heart attack. Well after open heart surgery my Mother did rec-cooperate but her time for working full time was over.
With all of the above events happening and the little bit of money my Father and Mother had they were able to provide my brothers and I with great birthdays and wonderful Christmas’. We always had new cloths and were never hungry and usually once a month we would be treated and taken out to Mc Donalds or Ginos for dinner. It might seem hard to understand how something so minor can seem so great but my Mother always made them great.
Well as time went on and we all got a little older the camping stopped but my Mother still continued with her outdoor ventures going on a couple cruises with some of their close friends.
My Mother also loved to throw family parties getting everyone together for a great time. My Mother really enjoyed Halloween and dress up parties where she and my Father got to dress up in many costumes from vampires to Court Jesters.
More time passed and when my Father retired from the Baltimore Sun Papers, he and my Mother sold their house, packed their bags and moved to sunny Florida. My Mother had a great time living in Florida, they were neighbors with my Godparents who had moved down there years earlier. With my Mother’s outgoing personality, it was long before she struck up many new friendships in Florida.
Well time came and my Mother and Father were getting older and decided to move back to Maryland to be close to the family. A while after moving back to Maryland with my Father working part time at Sears, my Father had to quit his job due to the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. I had made several offers for my Father and Mother to move in with my Wife, Son and I and eventually my Mother called and took me up on my offer and she and my Father moved in with us.
Well my Father’s disease worsened with my Mother standing right by his side looking after him until it became to hard for her to deal with especially with her medical issues and my Father was placed in a nursing home where he had passed away a short time later.
A short while after my Father’s passing, I was able to talk my Mother into joining the Senior Center in Westminster where once again with her great personality she made a ton of new friends. My Mother would call out the numbers for the Bingo games they had at the center and my Mother was very engulfed in using stamps and designing and making her own greeting cards.
It wasn’t long after joining the Senior Center when my Mother started showing signs of Dementia. She continued to go as long as she could but eventually had to stop going. My Mother had said to me many times (I bet you didn’t think we would live this long when you invited us to move in with you, and then give a chuckle). The truth is they could have lived with me forever if it was possible.
Well then came the day where after multiple trips to the hospital for several serious injuries and health issues and speaking with the doctors, we were advised it was not safe for her to return home with us that she needed 24 hour care which we could not provide at home so she was placed in a Nursing home to get the therapy and care needed.
My Wife and I would visit my Mother as much as we could and my Mother would always apologize for the trouble she caused us and for allowing her to live with us in our home even though I would constantly tell her that it was not our home, that it was her home as well.
I will admit it was not easy all the years my Mother and Father spent living with us, it was difficult at times due to their disease although I would not say anything to them about it but I know when I was a child growing up there were many times that it was difficult for them dealing with me but these are the things we do for family and when you LOVE somebody so much.

You were always there for me when I was a child and as I grew into a man and no mother could have provided any better of a life then you did for me.
All I can say is Mom thank you for all the Love you gave me, Aileen and Ian and for loving dad so much and showing me the true meaning of love.
If you were here and were to ask me again if you and Dad could move in with us, I would say your rooms are waiting for you.
You’re with Dad now, Rest in Peace, You truly deserve it. LOVE Tracy.
Say Hi to Dad for me.

Posted at 08:34pm
It was an honor and a privileged for me to have made the acquaintance of this magnificent lady ... an absolutely beautiful person, inside and out. I know that that this loss is monumental for her family but I pray that the Lord will soon grant her loved ones a sense of peace.
Roy Voltmer

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