Mary F. Guy, 80, impressionist painter

March 30, 2006

Mary F. "Polly" Guy, a Baltimore artist who founded a support group for the visually impaired, died of a stroke Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 80.

She was born Mary Bresee Forman in Miami and later moved to Baltimore, where she grew up on St. Paul Street. She attended Garrison Forest School and the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied painting and drawing.

She was a window decorator for several Charles Street stores before moving to New York City after World War II to work in the fashion and advertising industries.

In 1953, she returned to Baltimore to care for her ill mother, and a year later married insurance executive Arthur Klinefelter. He died in 1983.

She was married in 1987 to William Burton Guy Jr., a Baltimore businessman and real estate agent, who died in 1996.

Mrs. Guy, who was known for her impressionist paintings and drawings, maintained a studio in the Mill Centre art studio complex in Hampden from the 1990s until 2003, when her health began to fail.

The former longtime Rugby Road resident moved to the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson in 1998.

After being diagnosed with macular degeneration, Mrs. Guy organized Private Eyes, a support group for other Blakehurst residents who were suffering vision problems.

Mrs. Guy enjoyed entertaining and cooking French and Cajun cuisine. She also liked to design and sew her own clothes.

Mrs. Guy was a member of the Elkridge Club, Mount Vernon Club, L'Hirondelle Club and the Ivy Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary B. Seidel of Lauraville, Leslie Klinefelter Aliprando of Philadelphia and Shelley F. Klinefelter of Towson; a brother, Dr. Frederick Watts Forman III of Alexandria, Va.; and two grandchildren. More obituaries next page

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