Mae Mallory Krulak, 66

Teacher, librarian, writer

January 22, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Mae Mallory Spence Krulak, a retired teacher, librarian, writer and avid reader, died of melanoma Thursday at her home in the Orchards section of North Baltimore. She was 66.

Mae Mallory Spence was born in Greenwood, Miss. She earned a degree in classics at Goucher College, where she was student body president in her senior year. She received a master's degree in English from Northern Virginia Community College and a second master's degree from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn.

She was the librarian at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va. She taught religion at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va., and English at Rappahannock Community College, and had been a longtime contributor to the Virginia Episcopalian.

In 1999, she moved to Baltimore when her husband, the Rev. William M. Krulak, became pastor of St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park. Over the past 15 years, she worked alongside her husband at the parishes he served. He retired last year.

She had an "enthusiastic, upbeat, sunny personality," said Winnie Borden, a friend and fellow member of a book club. "She brought an interesting insight to her reading and was never defensive, if you disagreed with her about a book."

A service of Christian burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

In addition to her husband of 44 years, survivors include a son, William Krulak Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Amy Krulak of Baltimore; a brother, Harry B. Spence Jr. of Talladega, Ala.; three sisters, Marguerite Spence Gunn of Austin, Christina Weaver Spence of Oakland, Calif., and Sarah Spence Engler of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

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