Sheila Drinnan Williams Pritchard, 64, artist, teacher

November 21, 2005

Sheila Drinnan Williams Pritchard, an artist and teacher, died of kidney failure Tuesday at a hospice in York, Pa. The former Catonsville resident was 64.

Born in Washington, she attended the University of Maryland in the late 1950s and left after she married William Howard Pritchard. About a year after her husband died in 1986, she experienced symptoms of renal disease but continued to paint.

In the late 1980s, she returned to school and earned her bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her master's degree in fine arts from Towson University, and she taught art at Anne Arundel Community College.

For about 35 years she rented out rooms in her Catonsville home, her family said.

"The most important thing in her life was her Christian faith," said her daughter Martha Pritchard Spear of Upper Jay, N.Y. "She and our dad devoted their lives to the service of others."

A memorial service was held yesterday.

Survivors also include another daughter, Elizabeth Pritchard Naylor of Felton, Pa.; a foster daughter, Barbara Thurlow of Temple Hills; a son, Thomas Eliot Forbes Pritchard of Centreville, Va.; and five grandchildren.

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