Dorothy Kibler Renshaw, 92, homemaker

October 08, 2002

Dorothy Kibler Renshaw, a homemaker and active church member described by her daughter as a "Baltimorean to the core," died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 92.

Born and raised in the city, Mrs. Renshaw was a 1928 graduate of Girls' Latin School.

She later took history classes at the Johns Hopkins University and worked in the financial department of Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. until her marriage in 1935 to James Giles Renshaw, a lawyer with Equitable Trust Co. who died in 1985.

The Renshaws were longtime members of Alpheus W. Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church on Charles Street, donating a stained-glass window to the building in the 1950s.

Mrs. Renshaw served as president of the Women's Society and as a Sunday school teacher at the church until it closed in the mid-1980s.

A devoted homemaker and gardener, Mrs. Renshaw spent hours cultivating azaleas.

"She would even pour tea in the soil to make sure it was the right acidity," said her daughter, Diana Renshaw McGraw of Baltimore. "She grew all kinds of flowers -- that and her grandkids were her hobbies."

Services are private.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Linda Claire Renshaw-Sears, is deceased.

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