Joan Eager MacKie, 82, homemaker, volunteer

April 11, 2005

Joan Eager MacKie, a homemaker and community volunteer, died of a stroke Friday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 82.

Born Joan Murray Eager in Baltimore, she was the granddaughter of Bishop John Gardner Murray, the first elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. Raised in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County, she was a 1940 graduate of the Bryn Mawr School, where she was president of the student government association. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and was junior class president.

During World War II she worked at the Bendix Corp. in Towson on defense projects.

In 1944, she married Paul T. MacKie, a food broker and World War II veteran. He died in 1987.

Mrs. MacKie did office work at Johns Hopkins Hospital's School of Nursing, the Bryn Mawr School and the Keswick Multi-Care Center, where she later was on the Board of Lady Managers and several other committees. She also volunteered with the Evergreen House's Welcome Wagon.

Mrs. MacKie enjoyed spending summers in Nova Scotia with her family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where she was a communicant, lay reader and Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include a daughter, Sally M. Lynch of Quincy, Mass.; a brother, J. Howard Eager III of Glen Arm; a sister, June E. Finney of Towson; and a granddaughter. She outlived her two sons: Paul T. MacKie III died in 1977 and Auville Eager "Bill" MacKie died in 1981.

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