Margaret Carol Farley, a retired registered nurse and volunteer, died of lung cancer Saturday at her Grasonville home. She was 70.
Margaret Carol Monahan was born and raised in Elmira, N.Y., and earned a nursing degree from St. Joseph's Hospital there.
After moving to Laurel in 1968, Mrs. Farley became active in several community outreach programs, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start and Project Outreach, and volunteered at Laurel Regional Hospital. She also was active in a program helping relocate Asian refugees.
In 1986, Mrs. Farley moved to Grasonville and worked for about eight years as a nurse for migrant workers for the Queen Anne's County Health Department.
She also had served on the board of the Queen Anne's County Adult Day Care Foundation, and been a fundraiser for Queen Anne's County Hospice and a regional coordinator of ABC Quilts, an international organization that provides handmade quilts to ill and at-risk children.
"Throughout her life, she utilized her nurse's training, leadership, ability and organizational skills to improve the lives of the young, elderly, poor and disadvantaged," said a daughter, Catherine J. Babuska of Albuquerque, N.M.
Mrs. Farley was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Roman Catholic Church in Laurel, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.
Also surviving are her husband of 49 years, James E. Farley Jr.; four sons, Timothy J. Farley of Sykesville, Michael J. Farley of Arlington, Va., Patrick E. Farley of Stevensville and Peter T. Farley of Lusby; another daughter, Mary S. Lhotsky of Laurel; and a brother, John G. Beck of Brockport, N.Y.