Barbara A. Kral, 53, saleswoman, gardener

January 08, 2004

Barbara A. Kral, a retired saleswoman who enjoyed gardening, died of brain cancer Friday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 53.

Born Barbara Ann Hooke and raised in Montclair, N.J., she earned a bachelor's degree in interior design in 1972 from what was then Beaver College in Glenside, Pa.

She worked for several years as an interior designer before her 1978 marriage to Donald V. Kral, a US Airways pilot who survives her.

During the early 1990s, she worked in sales at Chocolates from the Heart in Severna Park, and at Ron George Jewelers in Annapolis. Most recently, she was employed in sales at Theriault's in Annapolis, an internationally known purveyor of antique dolls. She retired in 2001.

Mrs. Kral liked growing stargazer lilies and was a member of the Hollyberry Garden Club.

She was a member of Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jonathan S. Kral of Severna Park; two daughters, Kristina Ann Kral and Kimberley Jeanne Kral, both of Severna Park; her father, John Edmund Hooke of West Caldwell, N.J.; a brother, John E. Hooke Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; and two sisters, Diane Hooke Mitchell of Natick, Mass., and Marion Hooke Leddy of Westerly, R.I.

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