Agnes M.S. McKenzie, 89, organist, music teacher

October 04, 2002

Agnes Martin Smith McKenzie, a former church organist who taught music in the Baltimore County public schools for nearly 20 years, died of renal failure Monday at Orlando Lutheran Towers in Orlando, Fla. She was 89.

The former Homeland resident, who had lived in Orlando since 1992, was born and raised Agnes Martin in Rich Square, N.C.

After graduating from high school in 1930, she earned her bachelor's degree in music from Womans' College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1934.

She began teaching in North Carolina in 1935 and moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s. She taught music in the Baltimore County public schools and retired from Glenmar Elementary School in 1959.

Her marriage to Robert Smith ended in divorce. In 1960, she married Dr. William Raymond McKenzie, a Baltimore physician who died in 1966.

An accomplished pianist and organist, Mrs. McKenzie was the organist for many years at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where she was a communicant.

She organized and was chairman of the church's annual fair, and was known for her carrot cake, family members said.

Mrs. McKenzie was an avid bridge player and enjoyed fishing.

She had been a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Associates and the Baltimore Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2013 St. Paul St.

Mrs. McKenzie is survived by a brother, Dr. Raymond Martin of Winter Park, Fla.; and many nephews and nieces.

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