Doris C. Carpenter, 85, homemaker and teacher

November 03, 2005

Doris C. Carpenter, a homemaker and former substitute teacher, died of complications from a stroke Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Woodbine resident was 85.

Born Doris Claire Koontz in Atlanta, she was raised in Shenandoah, Va. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then Madison College, now James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1939.

Mrs. Carpenter taught elementary school in Virginia for several years, and from 1947 to 1952, was an FBI file clerk in Washington, Memphis, Tenn., and Detroit.

After moving to Baltimore in 1957, she worked for 15 years as a substitute teacher in Baltimore County public schools.

She was an active member of Liberty Reformed Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Carpenter was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking and reading.

Services will be held at Liberty Reformed Presbyterian Church, 11303 Liberty Road, Owings Mills, at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Henry G. Carpenter, a retired Commercial Credit Corp. executive; a son, Gordon Carpenter of York, Pa.; a daughter, Virginia Kiessling of Woodbine; a brother, Floyd Koontz of Shenandoah; two sisters, Shirley Judd and Patricia Glenn, both of Shenandoah; and five grandchildren.

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