Emily F. Kemp Taught art until 99

December 07, 1990

A reception in honor of Emily F. Kemp, a painter who specialized in watercolors and also was a weaver, potter and needleworker, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Beeson Funeral Home and Chapel in Wilmington, Del.

Mrs. Kemp died Nov. 16 of heart failure at a Wilmington retirement community. She was 106.

She specialized in watercolors of flower arrangements but sometimes painted in oils.

A former president of the Woman's Club of Relay, she taught art classes there until she was 99.

She was also a former president of the Carroll Branch of the National Association of American Pen Women.

Born in Lapidum but reared in Baltimore, the former Emily Foard was a graduate of Western High School and the Maryland Institute College of Art, to which she returned during the 1940s for graduate work. She taught at private schools as a young woman.

Though she had lived in Relay for about 65 years, she had lived in Ten Hills for several years before moving to Wilmington about two years ago.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Norval F. Kemp of Manasquan, N.J.; two daughters, Susan K. Gray and Emily K. Schlesinger, both of Wilmington; and 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Woman's Club of Relay or the Carroll Branch of the National Association of American Pen Women.

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