Mary A. Gwaltney, 81, teacher, active in church

July 06, 2002

Mary A. Gwaltney, a retired school crossing guard and substitute teacher, died of a stroke Monday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 81 and lived in Turners Station.

Born Mary Allmond in Newport News, Va., she was raised in Isle of Wight County, Va., where she graduated from public schools.

She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from St. Paul's College in Virginia, and taught school for one year in Wakefield, Va., before marrying Robert L. Gwaltney Sr. in 1943 and moving to Turners Station.

Mr. Gwaltney, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. steel worker, died in 1999.

A resident of the eastern Baltimore County community for more than 60 years, Mrs. Gwaltney volunteered with the Turners Station Health Center and was a member of the PTA. She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was an election judge.

She worked as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County public schools, and from the 1960s until retiring in the 1980s was a school crossing guard on Dundalk Avenue and also at Sollers Point Road.

"She loved people, and the community knew and respected her," said a daughter, Jacqueline Holmes of Tinton Falls, N.J.

Mrs. Gwaltney was a longtime active member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, where she had been Sunday school supervisor, president of the Missionary Society and supervisor of the Red Circle, a junior missionary society. A soprano, she sang with the senior choir.

She liked traveling by steamship and automobile.

An accomplished cook, Mrs. Gwaltney enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

"She was a very gracious host," said Mrs. Holmes.

Services were held yesterday at New Shiloh Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gwaltney is survived by five sons, Thomas Gwaltney of Bear, Del., and Robert L. Gwaltney Jr., George Gwaltney, Howard Michael Gwaltney and James Gwaltney, all of Baltimore; two other daughters, Florence Jackson and Gail Gibson, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Alice Gibson of Baltimore, Tyrice Glover of Smithville, Va., and Emily Judkins of Surry, Va.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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