Margery K. Reid, volunteer

Margery K. Reid, a retired secretary and volunteer, died of a stroke Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 89.

Margery McShane was born in Baltimore and raised in Bolton Hill. She was a 1938 graduate of Western High School and the Baltimore Business College. She also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She was married in 1945 to A. Walter Kraus Jr., who was a partner in the Miles and Stockbridge law firm.

After his death in 1955, she went to work in the Maryland Judiciary's Administrative Office. She then joined the state Industrial Finance Administration.

She was secretary to Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals Robert C. Murphy at the time of her retirement in 1974.

After her marriage in 1974 to Harry Fairfax Reid Jr., an Exxon chemical engineer, the couple moved to Westfield, N.J.

While living in New Jersey, Mrs. Reid volunteered at Overlook Hospital in Summit, and served as vice president of the hospital's Women's Auxiliary.

After her husband retired in 1986, the couple moved to a home on Northway in Guilford.

Mrs. Reid served on the boards of the Baltimore Regional Burn Center, Women's Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Woman's Industrial Exchange. She was also a member of the Johns Hopkins Club.

Since 2000, Mrs. Reid and her husband had lived at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson, where she edited The Blakehurst Banner newsletter.

Mrs. Reid enjoyed drawing and working in pastels.

"She was an Episcopalian all of her life but attended Second Presbyterian Church with her husband," said her daughter, Margery Coulter Kraus Bessent of Homeland.

Graveside services are private.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Reid is survived by her son, Anthony Walter Kraus II of Roland Park; two stepdaughters, Anne Reid Townsley of Westminster and Elenor Gibson Reid of Farmington, Conn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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