Mari Rhinehart, a retired Baltimore elementary school teacher who belonged to patriotic organizations, died in her sleep Saturday at her daughter's home in Glenville, Pa. She was 81 and had lived in Jarrettsville and Northwood.
Before her retirement in the late 1960s, Mrs. Rhinehart was a teacher and librarian at Barclay Elementary School in Charles Village and Hamilton Junior High. Earlier in her career, she taught at Easton High School on the Eastern Shore.
Born in Chicago, Mari Morris Ellicott Hess grew up in Paris, where her father was an overseas agent of the old Pennsylvania Railroad. She earned a degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1943, and a master's in library science there in 1967.
In 1943, she entered the Marine Corps Women's Reserve and served as a gunnery instructor at Bogue Field, N.C.
A descendant of the Ellicott family of Ellicott City, she was a member of the Washington Custis Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a past Maryland regent, national vice chairwoman and state registrar. She had also been an official of the National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, and member of United Daughters of the Confederacy and Southern Dames of America.
She also was a member of Order of the Eastern Star and the Professional Educators Organization Sisterhood.
Her husband of 41 years, Robert Russell Rhinehart, also a city teacher, died in 1988.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 4135 Norrisville Road, White Hall, where she was a member.
She is survived by a son, Robert Russell Rhinehart Jr. of Stillwater, Okla; a daughter, Victoria V.R. Weaver of Glenville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, Christopher C. Rhinehart, died in 1985.