Barbara Shortt Emrich, 87, a resident of Annapolis for 66 years, and of Severna Park for 21 years, died June 4 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Mandrin House. Born September 3, 1926 in Annapolis to her late parents, Franklin Montoure Shortt and Florence Louise King, she graduated in 1943 from Annapolis High School. In addition to being a homemaker, Barbara was a secretary at the Naval Experiment Station in Annapolis. She also served as secretary for the Maryland State Legislature, and of the Senate in the 1960's. Barbara was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Severn Town Club. An avid sports enthusiast and athlete in her youth, she won many trophies as a women's amateur duck pin bowler. She also enjoyed golf, travel and cooking. Married in 1947 to William Speary Emrich Sr. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, he preceded Barbara in death in 1988. She is survived by two sons, William Speary Emrich Jr. of Crofton and Joseph M. Emrich of Pasadena; a sister, Mary Claire Tyler of Annapolis; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, at Hillcrest Cemetery, 1911 Forest Dr., Annapolis. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on June 8, 2014