Ziegler, Clara

October 21, 2005

CLARA Mc KELDIN ZIEGLER, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, has died at 66, passing away peacefully with her family in San Diego, California. Emphysema and heart failure from cigarette smoking, despite quitting 20 years ago, were the causes. Clara, born on Sept. 26, 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland, was the daughter of Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Theodore R. Mc Keldin and Honolulu Mc Keldin. She graduated from The University of Maryland and became a social worker. In 1963, Clara married Peter and moved to Upper Marlboro. She had three children: Theodora in 1964, Erick in 1973, and Bryan in 1979. Clara served on her church Altar and Flower Guilds and founded a local Meals-on-Wheels program. She was a nationally accredited flower show judge and floral designer. The family moved to San Diego in 1989. She volunteered at Holy Cross Episcopal Church and became a successful real estate broker. Her toll painting fills the house, showcasing her talent and intense love for life. The many baby sweaters she knitted are reminders of her encompassing and ever-present love. Clara's selfless devotion to her family and her optimistic and affectionate personality are an inspiration to all she left behind. She is survived by her husband, children, and brother, Theodore Mc Keldin, Jr. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 22 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 6066 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad, CA 92011. (760)930-1270.

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