Margaret M. Purcell, 64, Baltimore County teacher

October 29, 2004

Margaret M. Purcell, a retired Baltimore County public school teacher and community activist, died of coronary artery disease Sunday at her Cockeysville home. She was 64.

Born and raised Margaret Martin in Reading, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1962 from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

She taught English for 12 years at Kenwood High School in Essex until retiring in 1974.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Purcell was an active member of the Springdale Garden Club and was a former president of the Hunt Manor Woman's Club. She was also a volunteer and fund-raiser for Viva House and the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County.

Mrs. Purcell enjoyed painting, design and drawing. She also liked cooking and entertaining.

She was a longtime active communicant at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County, where she was a member of the Host Ministry that ministered to the ill and homebound.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at the church yesterday.

Mrs. Purcell is survived by her husband of 41 years, Joseph E. Purcell, a retired Baltimore County public school vice principal; a sister, Kathleen M. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa.; a nephew; and several nieces.

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