Mary Ann Hofmeister, 87

Homemaker, gardener

August 03, 2007

Mary Ann Hofmeister, a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, died of renal failure July 26 at Brighton Gardens in Towson. The former Lutherville resident was 87.

Born Mary Ann Costen in Princess Anne, she attended Somerset County schools.

She moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s and met her future husband, Charles Albert Hofmeister, a Bethlehem Steel metallurgical engineer. They married in 1942 and lived in Sparrows Point until moving to Lutherville in 1955.

She retired to Salisbury in the l980s and lived there until this year, when she and her husband moved to Towson.

Mrs. Hofmeister enjoyed flower gardening and cooking, including her crab cakes and crab imperial. She competed in Eastern Shore seafood contests.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Emily Rebecca Kelley of Lutherville; two sisters, Rachel Lappin of Salisbury and Janice James of Germantown; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Cecelia Perkins Spaulding, died in 1994.

No services will be held.

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