Joyce H. McCallister, teacher and volunteer

November 13, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Joyce Helen McCallister, a former teacher who volunteered at a residence for battered women and their children, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Perry Hall resident was 66.

Born Joyce Helen Goyert in Baltimore and raised on East Monument Street, she was a 1959 Parkville High School graduate. She earned undergraduate and master's degrees from what is now Towson University.

Mrs. McCallister taught at the old Loch Raven Elementary School in Baynesville for more than six years. There she met and married another teacher, Dan McCallister.

She then raised a family and became a volunteer. She was a president and treasurer of the Harford Hill Elementary School PTA and a Cub Scout leader.

She volunteered for a decade at the Susanna Wesley House, a transitional house for battered women and their children in Mount Vernon.

"This was a cause that was especially close to her heart," said a son, David McCallister of Parkville. "The idea of helping women in need was important to her."

In 1968 she joined Arnolia United Methodist Church and remained active in it until her death.

Over the years, she was a member of the choir, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, and served on the worship committee.

Family members said Mrs. McCallister was a talented seamstress who made everything from church banners to kids' Halloween costumes.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Arnolia UMC, 1776 E. Joppa Road.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years; another son, Eric McCallister of Overlea; a daughter, Kelly Hardisky of Abingdon; a sister, Linda Anderson of Wilmington, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

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