Lillian J. Stevens, who had worked as a dental assistant and medical secretary, died Friday of respiratory failure at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 101.
The daughter of a haberdasher and a homemaker, the former Lillian Jett was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. She was a 1929 graduate of Forest Park High School, where she was a member of Tau Phi Sorority.
During the 1930s, she was a dental assistant, but stopped to raise her children. She returned to work in the 1950s when she became a medical secretary for a Baltimore physician.
Mrs. Stevens, who was a longtime resident of the Versailles Apartments in Towson, was an active member for many years of Babcock Presbyterian Church, where she had been a deacon.
She volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and had served on the board of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland.
Her daughter, Lynn S. Curl of Lovettsville, Va., said her mother "had a very positive outlook and love for others."
Mrs. Stevens was an avid Orioles fan.
Her husband of 54 years, O. Ellsworth Stevens, a real estate manager, died in 1988.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 2 at her church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd.
Mrs. Stevens is also survived by a son, the Rev. Robert E. Stevens of Evanston, Ill.; a sister, Downing Jett Kay of Towson; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.