Doris W. Wagner, registered nurse

She helped plan Carroll's first adult day care center

September 28, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Doris W. Wagner, a former registered nurse who helped plan and design Carroll County's first adult day care center, died Sept. 11 of meningioma at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The longtime Mount Airy resident was 86.

The daughter of a wallpaper hanger and a seamstress, Doris Walkling was born in Gamber and raised on Smithwood Avenue in Catonsville.

She was a 1944 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned her nursing degree two years later from St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing. From 1943 to 1947, she was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

Mrs. Wagner was a nurse at St. Agnes Hospital for several years. After raising her children, she returned to nursing.

From 1970 to 1980, she worked as a case manager for Home Call Inc., which furnished nurses for patients who were homebound. She was a nurse for Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland from 1981 to 1986.

In 2001, she became a field operations assistant with Experience Works until stepping down in 2006.

Mrs. Wagner played a pivotal role in the planning and design of the Eldersburg Care Center, Carroll County's first adult day care center, which opened in the Country Village Shopping Center on Liberty Road in 1992.

An animal lover and bird watcher, Mrs. Wagner served as president of the Carroll County Humane Society from 1993 to 2004.

She had enjoyed horseback riding, fox hunting and flower gardening. She also liked writing poetry.

In recent years, Mrs. Wagner, who had lived at Shamrock Garden Assisted Living in Mount Airy, was a master Scrabble and crossword puzzle player, family members said.

While living in Catonsville, Mrs. Wagner had been a member of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Wagner's husband of 19 years, G. Everett "Pud" Wagner, a farmer, died in 2008.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester.

Mrs. Wagner is survived by three sons, Kevin McGrath of Arnold, Timothy McGrath of Lutherville and Thomas McGrath of Catonsville; five daughters, Ellen McGrath Weetenkamp of Catonsville, Jane McGrath of Halethorpe, Ann Macin of Laurel, Mary Storch of Annapolis and Brigid Shifflett of Mount Airy; a sister, Anita W. Happel of Catonsville; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to Dr. William Edward McGrath, a Catonsville physician, ended in divorce.

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