Margaret K. Shanklin, 84, religious educator, librarian

December 06, 2005

Margaret K. Shanklin, who enjoyed working with special-needs children, died of heart failure Friday at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn. She was 84.

She was born and reared Margaret Katherine Fitzgerald, the daughter of a coal miner, in Barton, Allegany County.

Mrs. Shanklin was a graduate of Barton Senior High School and during World War II moved to Baltimore, where she took a position at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

In 1944, she married James Eric Shanklin, and the couple later settled in Lochearn, where they lived for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Shanklin was an active member of Lochearn Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Presbyterian Women of Lochearn. After raising her family, she began teaching kindergartners at her church, as well as Bible school and Sunday school classes.

During the late 1970s, she was assistant librarian at Barclay Elementary School in Baltimore.

"She adored children and gently sought those most in need," said her daughter, Mary Ellen "Mikki" Buchness of Catonsville.

Mrs. Shanklin also was an active member of the Lochearn Homemakers Club and for years had been a Baltimore County polling judge.

She was an avid birdwatcher and collector of Willow Tree angels, which she displayed in her home. She also enjoyed flower gardening, reciting poetry and dancing.

Two years ago, Mrs. Shanklin converted to her childhood faith of Catholicism, family members said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, who retired as national sales manager for the Baltimore Spice Co., and her daughter, Mrs. Shanklin is survived by a son, James E. Shanklin Jr. of Los Angeles.

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