Margaret Swope, 95

Volunteer, homemaker

December 05, 2006

Margaret D. Swope, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died of heart failure Nov. 28 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 95.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Margaret Dill was a graduate of St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Va., and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

For several years, she owned and operated the Studio Shop on St. John's Road, selling hand-painted and personalized gifts.

Mrs. Swope had volunteered for more than 25 years at Kernan Hospital and was a past president of its women's board. She was also an active member of the Junior League of Baltimore.

After more than 50 years on Aintree Road in Towson, she moved to Blakehurst in 1994. She was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Her husband of 62 years, William Ellis Coale Swope, an insurance executive, died in 1998.

Plans for services were incomplete.

Surviving are a daughter, Margaret S. Gans of Roland Park, and three grandchildren.

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