Margaret Almond, 87

Church volunteer

December 17, 2006|By Julie Scharper

Margaret T. Almond, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson for nearly 70 years, died in her sleep Dec. 10 at College Manor Extended Family Assisted Living in Lutherville. She was 87.

She was born and raised in the section of Baltimore now called Charles Village. According to her daughter, Jenifer H. Almond, she walked down the street to attend Seton High School, where she met Jean C. McBride, a lifelong friend.

After graduation, the two girls studied for one year at what is now the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She left college at the age of 19 when she married Richard C. Jenifer.

She joined Trinity Episcopal Church after their wedding and remained a member until her death, her daughter said.

Although Mr. Jenifer died of an infection a year and a half after they married, she remained close to the Jenifer family. She lived with his parents in Timonium for several years and worked for the family insurance agency.

In 1947, she married Saunders M. Almond II, and they had three children together. Ms. Almond recalled how her mother would challenge the children to potato races in the yard of their Timonium home. They also enjoyed playing croquet, badminton and card games.

She delighted her children by walking through their home singing and dancing, her daughter said, adding that her mother's favorite songs were "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and "Blue Bayou."

Mrs. Almond was fond of dogs and took care of a succession of miniature poodles: Jeanette, Belle and Audrey.

She volunteered at Children's Hospital for more than 20 years, her daughter said. In the 1990s, she volunteered at the Surprise Shop, a secondhand store run by Trinity Episcopal, she said.

Her marriage to Mr. Almond ended in divorce in 1969, and he died in 1994, Ms. Almond said.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Saunders M. Almond III of Port Orford, Ore., and John H. Almond of Monkton; and two grandsons.

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