Marilyn McDonald, 66, homemaker, volunteer

April 11, 2003

Marilyn McDonald, a homemaker and Bel Air community volunteer, died of pancreatic cancer April 4 at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 66.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., Marilyn Joan Stearn was raised in Flushing, N.Y., and earned a degree in art education from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa.

After teaching in an elementary school in Princeton, N.J., and working as a millinery buyer and fashion coordinator in Newark, N.J., she moved to Bel Air in 1971. She was a past president of a chapter of the American Association of University Women, and former president of the Bel Air Elementary School PTA. She also led a Girl Scout troop.

For several years in the late 1970s, she taught a course in art history for the adult education program at Harford Community College.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, where Mrs. McDonald taught Sunday school and was a volunteer for the Archbishop William D. Borders Adult Library.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, James F. McDonald, a retired inspector with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; two daughters, Michele J. McDonald of Baltimore and Melissa Engels of Atlanta; and a brother, Frank Stearn of Chambersburg, Pa.

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