Maudie Hall Patterson, former Hereford High School librarian and collector of unicorn figures, died in her sleep Tuesday at the Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. She was 88.
Maudie Hall was born and raised in Calvert County, where she graduated from public schools. She was a 1934 graduate of St. Mary's College, which was then a two-year institution.
In 1936, she married Miles Ross Patterson. The couple later purchased Manor View Farm in Monkton, where they raised cattle and crops. Mr. Patterson, a state milk inspector, died in 1984.
In 1956, Mrs. Patterson became the librarian at Hereford High School, where she worked until retiring in 1976.
An avid reader, Mrs. Patterson was a member of the Monkton Book Club for more than 50 years.
For many years, she also conducted youth tennis programs for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.
Mrs. Patterson, who family members said was known as the "Unicorn Lady," enjoyed collecting and displaying art featuring the fictional horned creatures in her home.
Mrs. Patterson moved from her farm to the retirement community two years ago. She was a lifelong communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, where she sang in the choir and was an active member of the Altar Guild and Women's Guild.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 29 at St. James, 3101 Monkton Road, Monkton.
Mrs. Patterson is survived by two sons, Miles Ross Patterson Jr. and Michael Hall Patterson, and two daughters, Nancy Patterson Young and Mary Margaret Hendrix, all of Monkton; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.