Alma M. Sinton, who had a close-up view of the inauguration of President William Howard Taft in 1909, died Saturday of internal bleeding at the Meridian Nursing Center-Multi Medical in Towson. She was 101.
She lived in Mount Washington for many years and was a member of area women's and garden clubs.
Born in Baltimore, the former Alma M. Summers sometimes told stories of her youth, including her closeup view of the inauguration of President Taft, a Republican.
She was staying in Washington with an aunt whose husband was a District of Columbia commissioner and had forgotten the top hat he needed to greet dignitaries arriving at Union Station for the inauguration.
Mrs. Sinton was dispatched by carriage through police lines to deliver the missing hat, according to her son, and stayed for the inauguration.
She was a former treasurer of the Women's Club of Mount Washington and active in the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs.
Her work in the Mount Washington club included a successful campaign for a plaque to mark the site of a demolished Boy Scouts building at Kelly Avenue and Cross Country Boulevard. In 1985, she received a citation from then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
As a member of the Mount Washington Garden Club, she won awards for flower arranging and was chosen to do flower arrangements for bicentennial ceremonies at the Flag House.
Her husband, Robert Nelson Sinton, a retired leather belting salesman, died in 1971.
Services for Mrs. Sinton were to be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Henry W. Jenkins & Sons, 4905 York Road in Baltimore.
She is survived by her son, William M. Sinton of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.