Edna Christena Gallagher, 98, nurse and homemaker

March 18, 2004

Edna Christena Gallagher, a retired nurse and homemaker, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at Mariner Health of Bel Air retirement home. The longtime Dundalk resident was 98.

She was born Edna Christena Proctor in Cambridge, Ohio, and attended schools there before she moved to Baltimore in 1943 and became a private-duty nurse.

She also nursed at Rosewood Center and the Masonic Home of Maryland in Cockeysville before she retired about 35 years ago.

In 1954 she married Charles James Gallagher, a Western Electric painter. He died in 1999.

Mrs. Gallagher was an avid gardener and did handwork, including tatting.

Services are private.

Survivors include two sons, William A. Collins Jr. and Jerry Donald Collins, both of Finksburg; two daughters, Jeanne Brooks of Rock Hall and Betty Marck of Bel Air; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Her marriage to William Albert Collins ended in divorce.

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