Catherine Poole Shriver, 48, group home resident

October 21, 2004

Catherine Poole Shriver, a resident of a group home run by Arc of Washington County, died of an infection Oct. 13 at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. She was 48.

Miss Shriver was born in Kinston, N.C., and was raised in Baltimore until moving to the Arc facility in Washington County in 1966. "She was brain-damaged at birth and was never able to talk; however, she learned a way to communicate," said her father, Harry R. Shriver Jr. of Owings Mills, a retired Baltimore broadcasting executive.

Miss Shriver attended day care programs and was living at the Winding Creek group home near Smithsburg at the time of her death.

"She made something out of me. Because of my daughter, I got involved with the Arc of Baltimore [formerly the Association of Retarded Citizens] and served as president and was a board member for 30 years," Mr. Shriver said.

"Catherine was able to enjoy herself. She liked to listen to the radio and watch baseball and football games," he said.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown.

Besides her father, she is survived by her mother, Patricia Poole Shriver of Owings Mills; and a brother, Harry R. Shriver III of Parkton.

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