Anna C. Oare, 81, beautician, floral designer

July 16, 2002

Anna C. Oare, a retired floral designer and homemaker who recently moved to Timonium, died Friday in an automobile accident near Gettysburg, Pa. She was 81.

Anna Di Venanzio was born in Midland, Pa. She grew up in the Hamilton area of Baltimore and attended St. Anthony's School in Gardenville. She then attended hairdressing school and worked as a beautician for several years.

Her enthusiasm for gardening led her to work as a floral designer off and on over 15 years at florist shops in Shrewsbury, Pa., and in the Parkville and Hamilton areas.

In 1939, she married J. Richard Oare Sr. Mr. Oare died in 2000.

The couple lived in Parkville, and moved to Monkton in 1968. They returned to Parkville in the mid-1980s. Mrs. Oare moved two months ago to St. Elizabeth's Hall in Timonium.

She enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers, and loved cooking. She prepared large Italian meals for her family on holidays. Italian desserts and cookies were her forte, her children said.

Mrs. Oare was an active parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville. A funeral Mass will be offered there at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a sister, Letitia Speights of Bethany Beach, Del.; two sons, J. Richard Oare Jr. of York, Pa., and Robert D. Oare of Catonsville; a daughter, Carole Anne Pauken of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Douglas Oare, died in infancy.

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