Pauline H. "June" Brannan, an artist and former owner of a Mount Washington frame shop, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure and kidney disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Ruxton resident was 85.
The daughter of farmers, Pauline Hillary Crapster was born in Woodbine and raised in Anne Arundel County. She was a 1945 graduate of Glen Burnie High School.
She attended the University of Maryland, College Park and in 1950 married Robert R. Brannan Sr.
The couple settled in the Four Winds neighborhood, where they raised their five children. After the children were grown, Mrs. Brannan returned to college and earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 in art history from what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.
From 1990 to 2000, Mrs. Brannan was the owner of June's Frame Shop. An artist who worked in oils and pastels, she enjoyed painting landscapes, family members said.
Mrs. Brannan was an avid gardener and a 40-year member of the Halten Garden Club.
Since 2012, she had lived at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.
She also enjoyed sailing with her husband and family on the Chesapeake Bay, where they cruised and raced for more than 40 years. She was a member of the Severn River Yacht Club.
Her husband, who was the CEO of Anchor Fence Co., died in 2007.
Mrs. Brannan was a member of St. Andrew's Christian Community in Roland Park.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.
Surviving are three sons, Robert R. Brannan Jr. of Crofton, John D. Brannan of Colonial Heights, Va., and Stephen Brannan of Chester, Va.; two daughters, Patricia Brannan of Timonium and Elizabeth Hottel of Centreville; and six granddaughters.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun