Virginia Packard, 93

Secretary for the state

February 10, 2007

Virginia L. Packard, a retired state transportation administrative assistant, died of breast cancer Feb. 2 at the Pickersgill Home in Towson. She was 93.

Born Virginia Linzey in Washington, she moved to Towson as a child and was a 1931 graduate of Towson Catholic High School. Family members said she founded the school's newspaper, which she named The Owl.

After raising her family -- and the 1945 death of her husband, Arthur Mears Packard Sr., who died of cancer while serving in the Navy -- she became a secretary in Baltimore County government offices. She later joined the state of Maryland as an executive assistant to John B. Funk, director of the old State Roads Commission. She retired in 1976 as an assistant to David Fisher, an assistant transportation secretary.

Mrs. Packard was a Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland volunteer. She also enjoyed watching golf and Orioles games on television.

A requiem Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue in Towson, where Mrs. Packard was a lifetime member.

Survivors include a son, Arthur Mears Packard Jr. of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Alice Kopet of Atlanta and Mary Virginia Mester of Jamison, Pa.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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