Margaret B. Turner Speed, 82, homemaker

July 22, 2005

Margaret Belt Turner Speed, a homemaker and member of historical associations, died of leukemia Tuesday at her home in the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 82.

Born Margaret Pembroke Belt in Baltimore and raised on Bolton Street, she attended Garrison Forest School and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

As a young woman, she taught ballroom dancing at the downtown Arthur Murray Studio. She also worked for a time at the Wardrobe, a Roland Park dress shop.

Mrs. Speed was a past president of the Maryland chapter of the Colonial Dames of America, and in 1972 she donated about 250 Dulany family letters to the Maryland Historical Society. Many of them related to Daniel Dulany the Elder, an ancestor who lived from 1685 to 1753.

Mrs. Speed was also a watercolorist and sketch artist.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington, where she was a member.

Survivors include her husband of five years, Dr. William G. Speed III; three sons, Charles T. Turner Jr. of Medford, N.J., Harry B. Turner of Stevenson and William F. Turner of Stoneleigh; four daughters, Catherine T. Carter of Virginia Beach, Va., Frances P. Turner of Freeland, Margaret T. Hardy of Wilmington, Del., and Anne T. Lawler of Riderwood; two stepsons, William G. Speed IV of Rocky Hill, Conn., and David M. Speed of Barrington, R.I.; a stepdaughter, Leslie B. Speed of Baltimore; a sister, Marietta B. Koch of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband of 57 years, Charles Thelin Turner, a mechanical engineer, died in 1998.

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