Emily F. Kemp

December 07, 1990

Emily F. Kemp, a painter who specialized in watercolors and taught art classes until she was 99, died Nov. 16 of heart failure at a Wilmington, Del., retirement community. She was 106.

A reception in her honor will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Beeson funeral establishment in Wilmington.

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

She lived in Relay for about 65 years, then moved to Ten Hills for several years before moving to Wilmington about two years ago.

Mrs. Kemp specialized in watercolors of flower arrangements but sometimes painted in oils.

She also was a weaver, a potter and a needleworker.

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.

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

Survivors include a son, Dr. Norval F. Kemp of Manasquan, N.J.; two daughters, Susan K. Gray and Emily K. Schlesinger, both of Wilmington, 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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