Bernadette "Bee" Baldwin Darrow, who owned a Severna Park arts and crafts supplies shop for nearly two decades, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Sunrise Assisted Living in Severna Park. She was 76.
Bernadette Baldwin was born in Annapolis and graduated from St. Joseph's High School, a boarding school in Emmitsburg. She attended Dunbarton College in Washington for two years.
In 1948, she married Paul Darrow, who was then a graduate student at Georgetown University.
The couple lived briefly in Washington before moving to California, where Mr. Darrow was a stockbroker. They settled in San Diego for about 15 years, then moved to Dallas, and later to Louisville, Ky.
For many years, Mrs. Darrow was a homemaker. A mother of six, she was involved with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and church activities.
In the early 1970s, the family moved to Severna Park. There Mrs. Darrow and two friends opened a shop called The B-Hive in 1977. In addition to selling supplies and yarn, the store held arts and crafts classes. Three years later she became the sole proprietor of the business, which she operated until its sale in 1996.
In the late 1980s, the Darrows also opened A Frame of Mind framing shop, which they sold with the art supply business.
Mrs. Darrow's arts and crafts hobbies included tole painting and sewing.
The couple moved from Severna Park to Heritage Harbor in Annapolis in 1991. Three years ago, they moved to the assisted living center.
Mrs. Darrow was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park and Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.
When her son Mark Darrow of Annapolis attended the Naval Academy in the early 1970s, it was common for as many as 20 midshipmen to spend weekends at the family's Severna Park home.
"And she'd feed them all. One of them sent her flowers for Mother's Day for 20 years," said her daughter Catherine Tengwall of Arnold.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.
In addition to her husband, son and daughter, survivors include another son, Michael Darrow of Davidsonville; three other daughters, Debbie Satorius of Elburn, Ill., Patricia Smith of Fort Myers, Fla., and Angela Lucente of Davidsonville; two brothers, Thomas Baldwin of Severna Park and Robert Baldwin of Annapolis; 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.