Myrtle Farver Haines, 90, award-winning volunteer

October 07, 2002

Myrtle Marie Farver Haines, who received state honors for her volunteer service, died Friday of complications from an aneurysm at Golden Age Guest Home in Sykesville. She was 90.

Mrs. Haines was born near Berrett, Carroll County. She attended school until the seventh grade at Highland View, a one-room schoolhouse about three miles from her home.

At age 15, she married James Alton Haines, a farmer from Woodbine. They lived on a small plot on her parents' farm in Dorsey Crossroads.

Mr. Haines died in 1962.

Mrs. Haines worked in factories sewing pants and canning vegetables. She later worked as supervisor of the linen room at Springfield Hospital Center. An expert seamstress, she made wedding and other formal dresses.

She served as president of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Winfield Homemakers Club and the Winfield PTA. After she retired from Springfield Hospital Center in 1967, she often went to the South Carroll Senior Activities Center and became involved with the Carroll County Bureau of Aging. Mrs. Haines earned two governor's citations for her outstanding volunteer service.

She was a lifelong member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Sykesville.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Mrs. Haines is survived by her sons, James M. Haines of Randallstown and Raymond A. Haines of Winfield; her daughter, Marie Kunkel of Sykesville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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