Margery C. Flinner, 87, librarian, gallery

April 19, 2002

Margery C. Flinner, 87, librarian, gallery employee

Margery C. Flinner, a retired librarian who worked part-time at the Craig Flinner Gallery, died Monday of respiratory failure at the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 87 and formerly lived in Armagh Village in North Baltimore.

A resident of the Catonsville retirement community since the late 1990s, the former Margery Patterson Craig was born in Baltimore and raised on Guilford Terrace.

She was descended from the Craig family of Fells Point, owners of Craig Wharf. The Craig Room, a neoclassical interior from the family's mansion in Fells Point, was removed when the building was demolished, and later was installed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Mrs. Flinner was a 1932 graduate of Friends School and earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1936.

In addition to writing book reviews for The Sun, she worked as a librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library during the 1930s. She left the library after her marriage in 1941 to Arthur L. Flinner, an accountant, to become a homemaker.

Mrs. Flinner returned to work at the library in 1962, and served as a librarian at the central, Roland Park, Northwood and Govans branches before retiring in 1975.

She also worked part-time in her son's art gallery on North Charles Street.

Mrs. Flinner was a dog lover and enjoyed traveling.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Craig A. Flinner of Bolton Hill.

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