K. Georgine Touchard

[ Age 83 ] Longtime volunteer at Presbyterian Home, homemaker

December 26, 2007

K. Georgine Touchard, a 25-year volunteer at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson, died there Sunday of renal failure. The Catonsville resident was 83.

K. Georgine Bowers was born in Baltimore in 1924. She graduated from Western High School in 1943. Over the next three years, she worked a variety of clerical jobs, including at a warehouse that shipped food to servicemen abroad, said her husband of 60 years, William A. Touchard Jr.

Mr. Touchard met his wife before he left for Europe to serve in World War II, but didn't ask her out for a date until he returned in 1946.

"When I got back, I guess I had what they call that post-traumatic stress disorder, and she helped me out a lot," he said. "We just clicked together."

They were married six months later.

Mrs. Touchard was a homemaker and an active member of Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville. She knitted more than 100 hats to send to children in Romania, where the church did mission work. She also served for more than two decades on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a retirement community that also has an infirmary and hospice section. For 10 years, she was in charge of the home's grounds and building maintenance.

She was also an avid gardener who enjoyed boating and fishing with her family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William T. Touchard of Ellicott City; and two grandchildren.

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