Kathleen G. Nes dies golfer, painter was Shawan resident

A memorial service for Kathleen G. Nes, a golfer and professional painter, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road.

Mrs. Nes, who was 86 and lived in Shawan, was killed Thursday in an automobile accident at Falls Road and Seminary Avenue.


She was known for her portraits of children and for her landscapes. She had begun painting in her native England and had one-woman shows in London in the 1930s.

It was also in this period in England that the former Kathleen Garnham became well known as an amateur golfer and was named golfer of the year in 1931 by fellow women golfers.


Member of a British team that toured the United States in 1933, she won that year's Florida State Championship. She was also the winner of the French Open in 1937 and the Belgian Open in 1939.

A member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, she last won the club championship in 1972 at the age of 68. She also was a consistent winner in the Women's Golf Association Senior Championships, winning the 70-and-over class five of the first six years she was eligible, missing only in a year when a broken wrist kept her from the competition.

She also played winter golf for many years with a group of women known as the Snowbirds.

Her golfing and her painting were interrupted by World War II service as an officer in the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force in a photo interpretation unit that served the U.S. Army Air Forces as well as the Royal Air Force. She was credited with identifying the German missile factories at Peenemunde that built the V-1 and V-2 rockets that were used against England.

She came to Baltimore in 1948 after her marriage to Charles M. Nes Jr., a Baltimore architect. Mr. Nes died in 1989.

Her survivors include a stepson, Charles M. Nes III of Baltimore; a brother, Frank Garnham of England; and three stepgrandchildren.