Emma Peddicord, 97

Community volunteer

December 28, 2007

Emma Baker Peddicord, a Howard County church and community volunteer, died of a stroke Monday at Country Companions Assisted Living in Taneytown. She was 97.

Born Emma Baker in Whitesburg, Tenn., she moved with her parents to a 500-acre farm in Howard County called Mount Hebron, now the site of Mount Hebron High School.

Her daughter Barbara P. Dawson of Columbia said her mother arrived by train in 1920 with eight siblings, household goods, farm equipment, milking cows and other livestock at the rail depot in Ellicott City. She stayed the first night at the Howard Hotel on Main Street.

In her teens, Mrs. Peddicord washed milk bottles each morning before school and completed other farm chores for her family's Baker Newton Farm Dairy. She was a 1927 graduate of Ellicott City High School.

"Her gentle words of wisdom always seemed to be just what were needed -- never more, never less," her daughter said.

In earlier years, Mrs. Peddicord held offices in the farm groups, the Pomona and the Patapsco granges. She was a past officer of the Ellicott City Order of the Eastern Star, the Ellicott City Lions Club Women's Auxiliary and the Howard County Homemaker's Club. She also served on the PTA boards at St. John's Lane Elementary School, Ellicott City Junior High and Howard High School.

Her family said Mrs. Peddicord orchestrated serving three daily meals during the annual Howard County Fair through her membership in the Patapsco Grange. These meals were provided for the 4-H Club members who stayed with their fair animals during the week of the event.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City, where she had been a member since 1928 and was a past president of the Women's Society of Christian Service. She also ran numerous successful church suppers.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, C. Norman Peddicord III of Elkridge; two additional daughters, Joan P. Bassler of Taneytown and Anita Peddicord Schmidt of Marriottsville; a brother, H.J. Baker Jr. of Columbia; a sister, Martha C. Brendel of Woodbine; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Martha Caroline Peddicord, died in 1950. Her husband of 58 years, Charles N. Peddicord Jr., a letter carrier, died in 1992.

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