Marion Parker Voelkel, 86, managed hospital gift shop


Marion Parker McCourt Voelkel, a homemaker and former longtime manager of the gift shop at Mercy Hospital, died in her sleep Feb. 28 at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. She was 86.

Born and raised Marion McRae, she spent her early years growing up in the Rennert Hotel at Saratoga and Liberty streets. The famed Baltimore hostelry was partly owned by her grandfather, James J. "Sonny" Mahon, the old-time city Democratic boss, who died in 1928.

Mrs. Voelkel was a 1934 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1937.

She was a longtime volunteer at Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, where she managed the hospital's gift shop for 20 years.

Mrs. Voelkel lived for 30 years on East Belvedere Avenue until moving to Good Samaritan Nursing Center in 1996.

In 1939, she married Donald J. McCourt, a Realtor, who died in 1959. She was married for 26 years to R. Emmett Voelkel, former president of Baltimore Business Forms, who died in 1987.

She was a member of the Roland Park Bridge Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

Mrs. Voelkel was an early member of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Survivors include a son, C. Parker McCourt of Baltimore; a daughter, Marianne McDevitt of Lutherville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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