Marguerite O. King, 91, real estate agent

May 20, 2002

Marguerite O. King, a former secretary and real estate agent known to family and friends as "Mom-Mom," died Friday at Joseph Ritchie Hospice in Baltimore after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 91.

Born in Haverford, Pa., Marguerite Oldham was the oldest of four children of Tom Oldham, a professional cricket player from England. When she was 1, the family moved to Mount Washington, where she later attended Sacred Heart School.

At age 16, Mrs. King went to work as a secretary to help support her family. She worked at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., where she helped organize company-sponsored "follies" at Ford's Theatre.

She left the utility when she married Marion "Stan" King in 1937 and later joined him as a saleswoman when he opened a real estate company in Howard County several years later.

About a half-century ago, the couple moved to the MacAlpine community in Howard County, where they raised their children.

Mrs. King worked for King Realty for about a dozen years, quitting in the early 1960s to concentrate on her growing family, relatives said.

Mr. King died in 1990.

Mrs. King doted on her grandchildren, loved music and dancing, and was known as the family peacemaker, said her oldest son, Richard King of Columbia.

"She kind of kept the boat afloat, kept the balance," he said.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City.

In addition to her son, Mrs. King is survived by another son, Spencer King of Columbia; a daughter, Patricia Creel of Catonsville; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Robert King, died in 1988.

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