Anne A. Coulbourn, homemaker

She had been a commercial artist

September 06, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Anne A. Coulbourn, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 31 of lung cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 82.

The daughter of a stockbroker and a homemaker, the former Anne Adams was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton.

After graduating in 1947 from Bryn Mawr School, she briefly studied at Sweet Briar College, before earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Before her 1953 marriage to Lewin Wethered, an attorney, she worked as a commercial artist in the advertising department of the old O'Neill & Co. department store.

The couple lived on Walker Avenue, and after her husband's death in 1964, Mrs. Coulbourn became a door-to-door fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

She also became active in the PTA at Leith Walk Elementary School, where she chaired its annual fair. As a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mount Washington, she taught Sunday school and was a Cub Scout den mother.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Coulbourn returned to work at the Read Drug and Chemical Co., where she was an artist.

In 1970, she married Robert Matthias Coulbourn III, whom she had briefly dated in the late 1940s. For years, until moving to the Towson retirement community in 2005, the couple had lived on Longwood Road in Roland Park.

Mrs. Coulbourn had volunteered with Pets on Wheels, and as a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, she was a Eucharistic minister who visited shut-ins and helped prepare food for the homeless.

At Blakehurst, she joined a group that welcomed new residents and served as treasurer of a foundation that awarded scholarships to employees.

A lifelong Democrat, Mrs. Coulbourn was proud, family members said, of voting for Adlai Stevenson for president in 1952 and 1956. She had worked in Sen. Paul Sarbanes' first congressional campaign, and in 2008 was a phone bank worker for President Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Mrs. Coulbourn's husband, a retired Worcester Wire Co. industrial designer, died in June.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Coulbourn at 11 a.m. Friday at her church, 5603 N. Charles St.

Surviving are two sons, Lewin Marbury Wethered of Greenbelt and Bennett Blackford Wethered of Bristow, Va.; two daughters, Valerie von Dorsner Wethered of Baltimore and Margaret Waters Coulbourn Coscia of Greensboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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