Mary Agnes Cohill, 88, teacher

April 13, 2006

Mary Agnes Browne Cohill, the mother of 12 children and a retired elementary school teacher, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at St. Elizabeth's Nursing Home in Southwest Baltimore. The longtime Catonsville and Hancock resident was 88.

Born Mary Agnes Browne in Mount Airy, N.C., she received an academic scholarship to St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg and graduated with honors in 1937.

A year later, she married James Andrew Cohill, who grew apples and peaches in Hancock, which he sold under the name Andy Dandy. He died in 1961, leaving his wife with 12 children, ages 2 to 22.

The family moved to Baltimore, and Mrs. Cohill became an elementary school teacher and received her master's degree in education in 1972 from what is now Towson University. She initially taught for the Baltimore Department of Education and retired from teaching at Bedford Elementary School in Pikesville in 1983.

An avid gardener, she loved to read. For many years she lived in Catonsville and was a member of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church. She returned to Hancock about 15 years ago.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Survivors include seven sons, Robert A. Cohill of Catonsville, William L. Cohill of Naples, Fla.; James A. Cohill Jr. of Catonsville, Charles P. Cohill of Mechanicsville, Va., Benjamin Cohill of Falls Church, Va., Stephen Cohill of Timonium and Patrick Cohill of Randallstown; five daughters, Mary Helen Horn of Rising Sun, Regina Miller of Issue in Southern Maryland, Cathy Gallagher of Aurora, Ill., Agnes Martin of Catonsville and Marguerite L. Branch of Mechanicsville, Va.; four brothers, John A. Browne of Mount Airy, N.C., David Louis Browne of Bristol, Tenn., Frank C. Browne of Mount Airy, N.C., and Joseph A. Browne of Winston-Salem, N.C.; 31 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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