Rose Helen O'Doherty, family matriarch, dies

She was an accomplished golfer who was a member of Rolling Road Golf Club

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May 03, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Rose Helen O'Doherty, an accomplished golfer and family matriarch, died of pneumonia April 18 at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 82.

Born Rose Helen Huggins in Baltimore, she was raised on North Monroe Street and attended St. Gregory's School. She was a 1946 Western High School graduate. While attending a local business college, she met her future husband, Patrick Anthony O'Doherty, a trial attorney.

They lived in Irvington and later in an old home called Maple Lodge in the Paradise section of Catonsville. After it burned in 1966, she and her husband rebuilt it.

Mrs. O'Doherty was a member of Rolling Road Golf Club. She played golf numerous times a week and enjoyed duckpin bowling and swimming. She was an award-winning girls' basketball coach with Catholic Youth Organization at St. Joseph's Monastery Parish. She was a Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.

"She was a natural athlete," said her daughter, Patricia O'Doherty of Alameda, Calif. "She was very competitive and was loyal to her teams."

She moved to Ellicott City nearly 10 years ago.

A Mass was celebrated April 26 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City, where she was a member.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include two sons, Michael O'Doherty of Baltimore and Brian O'Doherty of Los Angeles; three other daughters, Peggy O'Doherty of Alameda, Calif., Gail Weymouth of Stockbridge, Vt., and Erin O'Doherty of Laramie, Wyo.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years died in 1999. A son, Timothy O'Doherty, died in 2008.

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