Mary M. 'Molly' Bagnall, day care provider

November 11, 2008|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

Mary M. "Molly" Bagnall, who ran a day care program from her Arnold home and who had worked as a teacher and social worker, died Nov. 2 at Anne Arundel Medical Center of multiple organ failure because of an infection, relatives said. She was 63.

Born Mary Marlene Minkel in Detroit, she was known to friends and family as Molly. She was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., where she graduated from Loretto High School.

She was a graduate of Lake Superior State University, where she met her future husband, Freeman G. Bagnall.

The day after they married, the couple left Michigan and settled in Green Bay, Wis., where they had a son. Mr. Bagnall was drafted into the Army, and the family moved to Arlington, Va. After Mr. Bagnall left the Army, they moved to the Cape St. Claire community in Anne Arundel County, where her two daughters were born.

Mrs. Bagnall's jobs included working as a teacher and as a social worker at facilities in Maryland that treated the mentally ill. After living in Cape St. Claire for about a dozen years, the family moved to Arnold, where they built a home they all designed together, daughter Heather Scheeler of Crownsville said.

"We designed it at our own kitchen table" over the course of a few years, she said. "We drew out our bedrooms. Our parents let us pick out own colors for walls and carpets. The whole house was a family project. It was pretty cool."

Mrs. Scheeler said that her mother turned mundane projects and tasks into adventures. She also said her mother supported her in everything she did.

Mrs. Bagnall also had a great sense of humor, her daughter recalled.

"She would laugh till it sounded like she just couldn't breathe anymore. It was hearty and full," Mrs. Scheeler said. "She just found humor in even the most inane and difficult situations. ... Everything with my parents was always an adventure."

About a decade ago, Mrs. Bagnall decided to open a day care program based in her home. She called it Necessities Day Care.

Services were held Saturday in Severna Park.

In addition to Mrs. Bagnall's husband of 39 years and her daughter, survivors include a son, Jason Bagnall of Costa Rica; another daughter, Jessica Bagnall of Madison, Wis.; and a grandson, Emanuel Bagnall Gonzales of Costa Rica.

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