Polly Sattler Mowell, 85

Postal employee

November 22, 2007

Polly Sattler Mowell, a former Postal Service worker and lifelong northern Baltimore County resident, died of cancer Monday at her Glencoe home. She was 85.

Born Emma Pauline Sattler in her parents' Corbett Road home, she was raised on their turkey farm. As a young woman, she competed throughout the state in horse shows.

A 1938 Sparks High School graduate, she was a member of the riding team and was captain of the field ball and basketball teams. She was recently inducted into the Sparks-Hereford High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

She earned a degree at University of North Carolina Women's College, where she was a class president and represented Maryland in the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival.

Mrs. Mowell volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II and was stationed in Europe, where she worked in canteens and drove military officials. She attended the Nuremberg war-crime trials.

Beginning in the late 1960s, she took a part-time counter job at the historic, one-room Sparks-Glencoe post office. She retired about 20 years ago.

She volunteered for many years at the Baltimore County public library and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Her husband of nearly 35 years, George Robert Mowell, an RCA technician, died in 1983.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 22 at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe, where she was an Altar Guild member and treasurer.

Survivors include three sons, G. Mitchell Mowell of Chestertown, William S. Mowell of Ijamsville and H. Barnes Mowell of Glencoe; a daughter, Mary Jane Mayo of Glencoe; a sister, Mary Jane Neighbours of Monkton; and five grandchildren.

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