Margaret W. Todd, artist, dies

Margaret W. Todd, an artist and dressmaker, died Sept. 25 of a heart attack at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 82.

Margaret Weldon, whose father was the owner and manager of the Candler Building and whose mother was a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans.

She was a 1946 graduate of Eastern High School and studied art in Baltimore. The next year, she married Claude W. Todd Jr., who worked for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

The couple settled into a home on Yarmouth Road in Wiltondale, where they raised their family and she worked as a designer and a dressmaker.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Todd resumed painting, and because her husband was a waterfowl hunter and decoy collector, the couple established Decoys and Related Artwork in 1980.

"They traveled all over the U.S. working waterfowl shows or on buying trips," said a daughter, Amy T. Matis of Pinehurst. "She gathered interesting wood and metal antiques, which my father would clean up for her to paint and resell at the next show."

Ms. Matis said her father "sold old decoys, duck stamp prints and other art. They had a long, happy and fun life together and met many interesting and well-known people."

Mr. Todd died in 2001.

After years of painting geese, ducks and dogs, Mrs. Todd began painting flowers and wedding invitations.

"She did thousands of wedding invitations over the years, with requests coming from all over the world," Ms. Matis said.

Mrs. Todd's clients ranged from celebrities to everyday people.

"She once painted a tie for Clint Eastwood," Ms. Matis said.

For the last three years, Mrs. Todd lived at Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home in Hunt Valley, where she was still creating wedding invitations.

"She did that up until the last few months," Ms. Matis said.

Mrs. Todd had been a volunteer with the Boy and Girl Scouts and at Gilchrist Hospice Care and Bonnie Blink.

She was a communicant of St. John Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, where a memorial service will held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Also surviving are two sons, Steven B. Todd of Parkton and Paul S. Todd of Monkton; another daughter, Karen T. Henderson of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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