Barbara L. Warfield, educator--gardener

Barbara L. Warfield, a former educator and avid flower gardener, died Feb. 14 from heart failure at her Limestone Valley Farm home in Clarksville. She was 93.

Barbara Louise Todd was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and raised in El Paso, Texas, where she graduated from high school. She was the daughter of Sturdezant Todd, a civil engineer, and Gertrude Todd, a teacher.

She briefly attended Texas A&M University prior to her marriage to Addison Hodges Clark, a young Army officer. The marriage later ended in divorce.

In 1959, she married Richard Frank Warfield of Clarksville, a farmer, and the couple resided at Limestone Valley Farm. He died in 1977.

From 1960 to 1965, Mrs. Warfield taught elementary school in Scaggsville. She then joined the faculty of Glenelg Country School as a nursery school teacher in the late 1960s. She retired in the 1980s.

She returned to college and in 1981 obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a cum laude graduate.

She had been active in the Howard County Farm Bureau and its women’s committee in the 1970s.

Mrs. Warfield was a longtime member and former president of the Howard County Historical Society.

An avid flower gardener, she was a member of the Howard County Garden Club for more than 60 years and had served as its president. She served as a master flower judge.

She was a longtime communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church where she sang with the choir and performed with the bell ringers choir.

Mrs. Warfield enjoyed entertaining family and friends at annual pig roasts that she held each summer at her farm.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. March 17 at her church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

She is survived by sons Addison Hodges Clark Jr. of Kalispell, Mont., Michael Snowden Clark, Richard Talbot Clark and Richard Frank Warfield Jr. all of Clarksville; two daughters, Susan Barbara Louise Warfield of Clarksville and Patricia Clement Dresen of Middleton, Idaho; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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