Margaret K. Barnhill, homemaker and nurse

December 24, 2008

Margaret K. Barnhill, a homemaker and former nurse, died of complications from a broken hip Monday at the Devonshire retirement community in Palm Beach, Fla. The former Baltimore resident was 92.

Born Margaret Kathryn Hurd in Havre, Mont., she was a descendant of Swedish and Scots-Irish immigrants who obtained a 320-acre property under a homesteading act. She was raised in a cabin on the land, which remains in the family.

She met her future husband, Robert B. Barnhill, while attending nursing school in Omaha, Neb.

Mrs. Barnhill and her husband moved to Baltimore County in the early 1950s.

"Her family was the focus of her life," said her son, Gregory H. Barnhill of Stevenson. "She was the epitome of gentleness, graciousness and kindness."

Mrs. Barnhill enjoyed playing bridge and was active in her children's schools.

Services are private.

In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Robert B. Barnhill Jr. of Baltimore and Jay Edgar Barnhill of Towson; a daughter, Nancy Ann Barnhill Wallace of Tequesta, Fla.; an identical twin sister, Maxine Barbara Hurd Triba of Omaha; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband of nearly 60 years died in 2003.

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