Anna Mae McLaughlin

[ Age 77 ] The mother of seven liked to bowl and was active in the Westport area

December 25, 2006|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter

Anna Mae Griffith McLaughlin, a mother of seven who was a fixture in Baltimore's Westport community, died Wednesday at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown after a heart attack. She was 77.

Born in the Caroline County town of Greensboro, she attended area public schools.

She was introduced to her husband, Wilbert Bennett MacLaughlin, by his brother during a party.

"She told me that when my dad walked through the door, he was the prettiest man she had ever seen," said a daughter, Bonny Burr of Crumpton.

In 1946, the couple married and moved to Westport, where she raised the family while her husband worked as a tractor-trailer driver.

Mrs. McLaughlin became involved in various community-based organizations. Her home became the distribution center for Christmas baskets for the less fortunate. She was in charge of collecting college scholarship money from area businesses for neighborhood children. She also was an election poll worker for more than two decades .

Mrs. McLaughlin was also known for her love of bowling. "She would always brag about the trophies she won," her daughter said of her mother's 15 years in league bowling.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Jolly Club social group of women who met once a month for dinners and trips.

In June, Mrs. McLaughlin and her husband moved to their weekend home in Crumpton. "She always said that when they retired they would come back to the Eastern Shore," her daughter said. "That's where they were from. There was a family connection."

Services were held Saturday.

Mrs. MacLaughlin also is survived by four sons, Wilbert McLaughlin Jr. of Linden, Va., Warren McLaughlin Sr. of Baltimore, George McLaughlin Sr. of Chestertown and Joseph Thomas of Ridgely; two other daughters, Josephine Thomas of Kentucky and Wendy Seekford of Martinsburg, W.Va.; three sisters, Leila Perry and Elizabeth Neppert, both of Preston, and Mary Collins of Federalsburg; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

john-john.williams@baltsun.com

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