Dorothy W. Deacon, 86, churchwoman and artist Dorothy...

March 12, 2000

Dorothy W. Deacon, 86, churchwoman and artist

Dorothy W. Deacon, a churchwoman who later in life began painting scenes from her youth on Deal Island, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice of complications from a respiratory illness. She was 86 and had lived in Towson for more than 20 years.

The former Dorothy Webster was born in Baltimore, but called Deal Island home until she was 18, when she came to Baltimore to attend Strayer Business College. After completing her studies, she worked 10 years for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Federal Land Bank.

She was married 62 years ago to Edward Deacon, who survives her. The couple lived in Hamilton for about 30 years before moving to Towson in 1976.

Mrs. Deacon served extensively as a volunteer for church and community causes, and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Walbrook Methodist Church, then Towson Methodist Church.

Nearing her 60s, Mrs. Deacon took a YWCA course and began to paint, focusing on landscapes -- especially water and beach scenes from her girlhood home in the lower Chesapeake Bay, which she continued to visit long after leaving for the city.

She also enjoyed traveling, and was a member of the Eastern Shore Society and the Khiva Club, which raised money for causes such as mental retardation.

Funeral services were held Friday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Deacon is survived by a daughter, Diane Warner of Grasonville; a son, Ronald Deacon of Annapolis; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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