Colleagues dedicate memorial

May 19, 1994|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Sun Staff Writer

Lynne McCoy, the Columbia-based real estate agent who was fatally beaten while showing a house just before Christmas, was remembered yesterday as a nature and music lover whose upbeat outlook on life inspired friends, clients and colleagues.

"Everyone who knew Lynn was just devastated by her death. She was enormously well-liked and respected, " said Eileen Kessler, an agent with Coldwell Banker who knew Mrs. McCoy, an agent at O'Conor, Piper & Flynn's Columbia office. "We wanted to do something that would remember the beauty of Lynne's life rather than the tragedy of her death."

Mrs. McCoy, an agent for more than 20 years, was found dead in a house in the 800 block of Glen Allen Drive in the Hunting Ridge section of Baltimore, not far from her Ten Hills home, on Dec. 21. She was 57.

Kenney Lamont Brooks, 21, of Baltimore is charged with rape and murder in the attack on Mrs. McCoy. He is being held without bail awaiting trial.

About 80 real estate brokers and agents and members of Mrs. McCoy's family attended a dedication ceremony yesterday in front of a memorial garden built in honor of Mrs. McCoy and her husband, Robert, who died of cancer in January.

The memorial, which includes a lily garden, flowering cherry trees, park benches and plaques commemorating the couple, is on a grassy slope overlooking Lake Centennial near Ellicott City.

Mrs. Kessler and several other agents spent the past five months planning the memorial and raising about $3,000 in donations from agents and brokers to pay for it.

"Lynne loved nature and gardening. She used to take walks here in the park. She always said it was a special place for her," said Gwen Howard, manager of the O'Conor Piper & Flynn office in Columbia.

Members of the Baltimore area real estate industry and friends of the McCoy family also have donated about $13,000 to a memorial scholarship set up to honor the couple.

The scholarship will be used to support musicians in financial need who want to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

Mr. McCoy, who also was a real estate agent and an accomplished pianist, attended the conservatory's preparatory program. Mrs. McCoy, who also loved music, sang in the choir at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church near the couple's home.

"We thought a living memorial would be appropriate because it's something that would grow and people could share," said Ken Steil, president of the Howard County Association of Realtors and a broker with American Properties in Ellicott City.

"You'd be hard pressed in this business to find anyone who evoked as universally a positive reaction in people as Lynne," said Mr. Steil, who read a poem at the service written for the occasion by Mrs. Howard.

The poem, which is on a plaque on the garden wall, reads:

"Come rest awhile in peace and grace,

Feel the sun upon your face

The wonders of nature surround you here,

And God, in His mercy, will remove all fear,

Yes. Rest awhile and feel rebirth,

for you're closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth.

The dedication included singing by Rick LaRocca and George Sampson, real estate agents with American Properties.

The McCoys' children, John McCoy and Katheryn Chang, then uncovered a memorial plaque.

Mr. Steil reminded people it was a day to celebrate the McCoys' lives.

"Let's plant some trees," he said.

And they did. Almost everyone stood in line to toss a shovel of dirt over the roots for young cherry trees.

"The real estate people have been very compassionate. This is a beautiful place they've made," said John McCoy, a Clarksville resident. "It's helped my sister and I get through this."

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