Edna V. Cormack, 86, secretary, homemaker

January 28, 2004

Edna V. Cormack, a former secretary and homemaker, died of cancer Thursday at Ma Maison, a Perry Hall assisted-living facility. She was 86.

Born Edna Virginia Smith in Glen Arm, she was raised in Parkville. She was a 1934 graduate of Towson High School, and also graduated from Strayer Business College in Baltimore.

During the 1930s and 1940s, she worked as a secretary at Baltimore Sales Book Co., and later for George Hess, president of Hess Shoes, until her marriage to J. Vernon Cormack in 1946. Her husband, a steel worker, died in 1998.

A longtime Parkville-Carney resident, Mrs. Cormack was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Parkville, where she taught fifth-grade Sunday school and later was a co-instructor in an adult Bible study class.

"She also liked visiting her brother's Woodbine farm in Carroll County, where she helped can and freeze the fresh vegetables that were grown there," said a daughter, Karen E. Shepherd of Greenbackville, Va.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by another daughter, Susan Krause Clatchey of Herndon, Va.; four brothers, James Smith of Solomons Island, George Smith of Milford, Conn., John Smith of White Marsh and Larry Smith of Rehoboth, Del.; four sisters, Ann May Dixon of Oliver Beach, Mary Clark of Bluffton, Ohio, and Milly Schafer and Marge Jasper, both of Carney; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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