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Amelia Kolk Haile dies


Amelia Kolk Haile, a retired teacher who was active in church and history groups, died Friday of cancer at her home in Hydes.

Mrs. Haile, who was 80, was a former president and for many years the librarian of the Baltimore County Historical Society and a member of the Maryland, Harford County, Carroll County, United Methodist and Lancaster Mennonite historical societies and of Historic Towson and Historic Hampton.

In the United Methodist Church, she served on the Baltimore Conference Nominating Committee and was a former president of the North District Auxiliary Board of Child Care and of the Board of the Park Avenue Lodge, a home for young women sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

She also served as president of the United Methodist Women unit at the Wilson United Methodist Women in Long Green and of its North District.

In April, she was elected vice president of the Long Green Valley Lions Club, which she joined as soon as women were admitted nationally as members of the service clubs.

She also belonged to the Greater Jacksonville and Long Green Valley associations, the Long Green Valley Farmers Association and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy.

The former Amelia Rebecca Kolk, a native of Long Green Valley, was a 1929 graduate of what is now Towson State University. She earned her bachelor's degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1939 and later a master's degree and doctorate at George Washington University.

Before her marriage in 1938 to Elmer R. Haile Jr., now a retired engineer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, she taught at the Fork elementary school.

After their marriage, they moved to the Washington area, and she taught in Montgomery County. She also taught in Texas and Louisiana. Mrs. Haile was an elementary school principal in Arlington, Va., before she retired in 1975. She and her husband returned to Baltimore County.

Mrs. Haile taught at all levels from kindergarten to high school.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include three sisters, Ruth Silva of Seattle, Mary Pinto of New York City, and Edith Leaverton of Perry Hall.

The family suggested memorial donations to the restoration fund at the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Services for Mrs. Haile were held Tuesday at the Towson United Methodist Church.

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