Leota Ingram Sowell, 96, garden club president

December 25, 2003

Leota Ingram Sowell, a former president of the Roland Park Garden Club, died Dec. 12 at her Guilford home of complications from heart disease. Mrs. Sowell, known to her friends as Lee, was 96.

Born in St. Joseph, Mo., Leota Ingram grew up on her family's farm in Harrison, Ark. She graduated from Harrison High School there and attended Hendrix College in Arkansas before marrying Paul Dibrell Sowell in 1927.

The family moved to Baltimore in 1947, where Mrs. Sowell went on to be a leader and board member of many arts organizations and private clubs. She was the district director of the Central Atlantic Region of the National Garden Club, a board member of the Baltimore Civic Opera, and president of the Roland Park Garden Club and the Daffodil Society of Maryland. While president of the garden club, she helped establish the boxwood parterre on the grounds of the historic Hampton Mansion in Towson.

She was active in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on North Charles Street and the PTA of the Bryn Mawr School. She was an experienced flower arranger, and she won many competitions. She was a longtime member of the Roland Park Women's Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of the Church of the Redeemer.

Mrs. Sowell was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Sowell Donoho of Zanesville, Ohio, and Judith Sowell Christmas of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; a son, Paul David Sowell of Owings Mills; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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