Mary Virginia Hart, 88, city schools librarian

May 11, 2004

Mary Virginia Hart, a retired city elementary schools librarian, died of emphysema Thursday at the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 88 and lived for many years in Sudbrook Park.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Southway, the former Mary Virginia Hall attended the old Baltimore Academy of the Visitation at Park Avenue and Centre Street. Her mother, who was divorced, asked that the Roman Catholic nuns educate her Protestant daughters while she worked.

Mrs. Hart was a 1933 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a degree from Goucher College, where she was president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

After raising three daughters, she became a Baltimore public school teacher in 1958. She attended what is now Towson University at night to earn a master's degree in library science. She taught at Howard Park Elementary and was the librarian at Malcolm X Elementary before retiring in 1973.

Family members said she enjoyed writing lengthy letters. She was also a volunteer at Hebbville Elementary School.

Mrs. Hart was a member of Ames United Methodist Church in Baltimore County.

Her husband of 45 years, architect Howard Richardson Hart, died in 1987; a daughter, Janet Richardson Hart Braun, died in 1969.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

Survivors include her other daughters, Susan Dennis Hart Hahn of Ellicott City and Deborah Hart Ross of Timonium; a sister, Catherine Hall Ambrose of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

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