Ann Lorraine Rector

Ann Lorraine Rector

Ann L. Rector, a homemaker and longtime volunteer, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at her Towson condominium. She was 93.

The daughter of an Internal Revenue Service agent and a homemaker, the former Ann Lorraine Armiger was born in Baltimore and raised on Dorchester Road.

A 1936 graduate of Seton High School, Mrs. Rector briefly attended nursing school before going to work for Bendix Radio Corp. in Towson and later the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co.

In 1942, she married Robert D. Rector, who was then an officer in the Army Signal Corps.

The couple later settled in Campus Hills before moving to their longtime home in the Hampton neighborhood of Baltimore County.

She was a communicant for more than 70 years of Immaculate Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where working with a professional liturgical designer, she supervised the sewing of sets of large banners that celebrated the different liturgical seasons.

Mrs. Rector was also a member for many years of the Altar Society and chaired the Welcoming Committee.

During her later years, she served many through her pastoral care, volunteering weekly until age 90 at Manor Care Nursing Home on North Charles Street, and earlier in the prison ministry at the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center in Towson.

After turning 90, Mrs. Rector began sewing blankets through the Linus Project for hospitalized babies and children. Her hand-sewn blankets were distributed to children in hospitals throughout Baltimore and Baltimore County.

She was an avid Orioles fan and had attended the Hall of Fame inductions of Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken at Cooperstown, N.Y. Mrs. Rector and her husband enjoyed visiting Paris.

Mr. Rector, a retired C&P executive, died in 2002.

Mrs. Rector also enjoyed reading, playing bridge and bringing her signature cinnamon cake to newcomers and old friends.

Mrs. Rector was called "Nanny" by her 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

"My grandmother was an amazing woman," said a grandson, Kevin Rector of Washington, who is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

"I asked her a few years ago what the biggest change to the Baltimore area had been in her lifetime — she'd lived through the advent of so many things — and she said it was the construction of the Baltimore Beltway," said Mr. Rector.

"Before it, a trip just from Towson to visit friends in Catonsville meant so much time and hassle that such trips were rare, she said. After the Beltway, poof, you were there," he said.

"I remember this because it spoke to her adventurous spirit. She was always game for anything. She used to talk of helping the 'old folks' at the nursing home she volunteered at, and she was 90," he said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at her church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

In addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mrs. Rector is survived by three sons, Robert J. Rector of Parkton, Richard P. Rector of Ellicott City and James D. Rector II of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Mary Jane Sheridan of Lutherville, Mary Ellen Fise of Towson and Mary Ann Dougherty of Houston; and a sister, Jane Armiger Schwartz of Towson. Another daughter, Mary Catherine McManus, died in 1979.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com