Mary Teresa Hamilton, 90, secretary and seamstress

July 26, 2005

Mary Teresa Hamilton, a retired executive secretary and accomplished seamstress, died of respiratory failure Saturday at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 90.

Miss Hamilton was born and raised in a stone house on Frederick Road near Rolling Road. The daughter of Catonsville's postmaster, she was a 1933 graduate of Seton High School.

She attended what is now Towson University and graduated from Strayer Business College. She worked as an executive secretary at Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland for 38 years before retiring in 1980.

Miss Hamilton made her own clothes and clothing for children. "She made dresses, suits, skirts, blouses and winter coats. She even made prom and wedding dresses for family members. Her Halloween costumes are still being passed around the family," said a niece, Liz Debaugh-Stone of Ellicott City.

Miss Hamilton, who lived for years on Longview Drive in Catonsville, enjoyed gardening, cooking, cruises and visiting Ireland.

She was known, family members said, for the pizza-sized chocolate chip cookies that she baked for birthdays and special events.

Miss Hamilton was a lifelong communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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