Anna W. Raith, 88, artist, gardener, secretary

August 19, 2004

Anna W. Raith, a former executive secretary, artist and gardener, died of cancer Saturday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former longtime Towson resident was 88.

She was born Anna Wailes in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. She graduated from Forest Park High School in 1933, and from Strayer's Business College. She later worked for several years as an executive secretary for several Baltimore insurance firms.

In 1937, she married William Charles Raith, an insurance broker, and for a number of years lived in Howard Park. The couple later moved to Towson.

She was a former president of the Howard Park Garden Club.

Mrs. Raith won many ribbons for her daffodils, including awards from the Maryland Daffodil Society.

She also was an advocate for the beautification of Baltimore, and in numerous letters to The Sun, she supported street cleanups, anti-littering campaigns and the creation of neighborhood gardens.

An accomplished painter who worked in oils and watercolors, Mrs. Raith's work was exhibited in local art shows, libraries and retirement communities.

During World War II, Mrs. Raith volunteered with the American Red Cross. In later years, she was a volunteer English tutor for the Baltimore County Department of Adult Education.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8820 Walther Blvd. in Parkville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Joan Raith Schoppert of Homeland; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

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