Ann C. Charlton, 76, educator and artist

May 28, 2004

Ann C. Charlton, a retired educator and artist, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley where she had lived since 2002. The former St. Michaels resident was 76.

She was born Ann Clotworthy in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. She was a 1946 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 from what is now Towson University.

"We were childhood sweethearts and grew up 140 steps from each other in Forest Park," said her husband of 53 years, the Rev. Henry H. Charlton, a retired Methodist minister.

Mrs. Charlton lived in Wilmington, Del., where she taught English in the public schools until retiring in 1987.

A lifelong artist, she had studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Delaware Art Museum.

Mrs. Charlton attempted to capture in oils, watercolors, acrylics and pen and ink the beauty of the tidewater region's vessels, lighthouses, towns and quaint harbors. She was a member of the St. Michaels Art League and Talbot County Art Council.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Salisbury.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. June 5 at Maryland Masonic Home, 300 International Circle.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, H. Douglas Charlton of Chadds Ford, Pa.; two daughters, Victoria G. Ramos of Waldorf and Debra C. McKay of Hollywood, St. Mary's County; a brother, John H. Clotworthy of Annapolis; and 11 grandchildren.

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