Author Edna Agatha Kanely, at age 81

January 20, 1992

Edna Agatha Kanely, author of several reference books on Maryland history and U.S. government publications, died of bone and lung cancer Saturday at the Dulaney-Towson Nursing & Convalescent Home. She was 81.

Services for Miss Kanely will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Hartley Miller Funeral Homes, 7527 Harford Road.

She had retired in 1973 after 32 years as a library administrator for the Government Printing Office in Washington.

Her latest work, "The Directory of Maryland Church Records," was published last week by Family Line Publications of Westminster.

Other books by Miss Kanely included "Baltimore & Ohio Employees" and "The Cumulative Subject Guide to U.S. Government Bibliographies."

A Baltimore native, she was a 1935 graduate of City College's night school. She continued her education through night classes while working in Washington and graduated magna cum laude in 1958 from the University of Baltimore with a degree in business management.

Seventeen years later -- and two years after she retired -- she earned her master's in library science from Catholic University in Washington.

Miss Kanely was a member of the American Library Association, Maryland Library Association, Genealogical Council of Maryland, Maryland Genealogical Society, Baltimore County Genealogical Society and Maryland Historical Society.

In 1977, she received the Richard H. Berney Award for volunteer work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, having donated more than 2,100 hours of her time to the institution.

She is survived by a niece, Arlen Manley of Baltimore.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Maryland Historical Society or Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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