Agnes McCartney, legal worker

She was a British World War II defense worker

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April 21, 2013|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Agnes Crowley McCartney, an assistant in a Towson legal office who was a British World War II defense worker, died of cancer April 17 at Stella Maris Hospice. The Cockeysville resident was 90.

Born Agnes Crowley in Glasgow, Scotland, she began work alongside her grandparents in a bakery they operated.

Her family said Mrs. McCartney recalled living through the Depression of the 1930s.

During World War II, she went to work at a shipyard and helped make anti-aircraft guns.

"She remembered the V-2 missile bombings when she would hide in a shelter and listen for the popping sounds of the missiles approaching," said her daughter, Catherine Preller of Hunt Valley. "She was always fond of saying, 'When that pop stopped, you knew it was time to run.'"

In 1942, she married Francis McCartney, a British Army motorcycle scout who served in North Africa. After leaving military service, he became a hospital mechanic and worked at Mercy Medical Center and Harbor Hospital.

She and her husband emigrated to the United States through Canada in 1961. After moving to Maryland, they lived in Pasadena. She became a bookbinder and worked in downtown Baltimore.

She retired the first time in 1990 and then helped her son-in-law and grandson at the law firm of Preller, Preller & Paliath in Towson. She was a clerk until late last year.

Family members said she enjoyed attending bagpipe festivals and collected miniature Scottie dogs. She danced to big band music. She drank tea throughout the day.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville, where she was a member.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband of 37 years died in 1979. A daughter, Ann Donoho, died in 1974.

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