Claire N. Carney, 87, Keswick accounting clerk

December 03, 2003

Claire N. Carney, a retired accounting clerk at Keswick Multi-Care Center, died of multiple organ failure Nov. 26 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 87 and a resident of Pinewood Avenue in Hamilton for more than a half-century.

Claire Naomi Chester was born in Baltimore and raised on Brentwood Avenue. She was a 1933 graduate of the former Seton High School in Charles Village and had recently attended her 70th class reunion.

She was married in 1941 to Owen B. Carney Jr., a postal worker, and settled on Pinewood Avenue. Her husband died in 1988.

Mrs. Carney began working as a payroll clerk in the late 1930s for Brinks Inc. She left the company in 1949 to raise her family, then returned to work as an accounting clerk in the 1950s at Keswick. She retired in 1980.

An accomplished needleworker, Mrs. Carney knitted hats for needy children every Christmas and donated them for distribution through the Mitten Tree program.

She was known for her sharp wit and chocolate chip cookies, which she enjoyed dispensing to family and friends. She also was an avid duckpin bowler and for years had been a regular at Parkville Bowling Lanes.

She was a communicant for 53 years of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

She is survived by two sons, Owen B. Carney III and John A. Carney, both of Hamilton; a sister, Mary Hoy of Richmond, Va.; and two grandchildren.

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