Margaret R. "Mickey" Adolph

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Margaret Reynolds "Mickey" Adolph, 93, of Owings Mills, died early Friday morning, May 16, 2014, of natural causes.

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, she was the daughter of the late Harry Dare and Marian Elizabeth Reynolds. She was the wife of the late William "Bill" Adolph, her husband of 68 years, who she married in 1945. Her husband predeceased her seven weeks prior to her death.

She attended Williamsport Dickinson Seminary Junior College and graduated from Western Maryland College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and English in 1942. Throughout her life, she remained involved in the Alumni Association of Western Maryland College in various capacities, including Greater Baltimore Chapter President, National Alumni Fund Committee, and Class Reunion Committee Chair. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 1977.

After graduation, she returned to her Mt. Vernon home and worked in New York City at a bank throughout World War II. In 1945, she married her college sweetheart and moved to Davenport, Iowa, where she worked as a librarian until 1947; they settled in Baltimore.

She was known for her multitasking and time spent raising her family. She attended all of her children's school activities, prepared home-cooked meals every evening at five, maintained the financial records for her husband's chiropractic practice and supported her husband's 30 years of service to his country, as a military wife.

In addition, she was involved in community organizations and various charitable endeavors, including the Maryland Art League, National League of Pen Women, the Women's Club of Randallstown, the Rockdale Garden Club, the Maryland Chiropractic Auxiliary, the American Cancer Society and Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

Her entire life she enjoyed art and it could be seen through her oil paintings, watercolors and pottery, which decorate her home and the homes of her family members. As a professional artist, she also sold her artwork. She participated in numerous group, solo and juried shows and received many awards for her work. She was also a teacher of art through the Baltimore County Adult Education program for a number of years.

In her later years, she was an avid golfer, world traveler and reader. Even after her eyesight was impaired by macular degeneration, she enjoyed listening to audio books supplied by the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Surviving are children Lorna Adolph, Brent Toomey and Scott Adolph; a daughter-in-law, Gina Adolph; granddaughters Lauren Herring and husband Stan Herring, and Caitlin Adolph; and great-grandchildren Connor, Chloe and Cameron Herring.

She was predeceased by five siblings.

Her final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery, where she will be interred with her husband at a date to be determined. A memorial service will be held at the time of interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Maryland Art League, c/o Treasurer, 4808 Wainwright Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117; or to Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 5115 Old Court Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.

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Published in Carroll County Times on May 22, 2014
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