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Mary Anna Sutch Polk, 88, elementary school teacher


Mary Anna Sutch Polk, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 88 and a former resident of The Orchards in North Baltimore.

Born Mary Anna Sutch in Granite, she was a graduate of Western High School and earned a degree from what is now Towson University. She later earned a master's degree from Loyola College.

Mrs. Polk taught in city elementary schools for six years and from 1956 through 1972 at Bryn Mawr School, in kindergarten and elementary subjects.

She was a member and officer of the Woman's Club of Roland Park. She was also a past president of the Hopkins and Stoney Run garden clubs.

She quilted, did needlepoint and played bridge. Family members said she designed and sewed the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory square on a quilt that hangs in the Johns Hopkins library.

She was a member of the Gibson Island Club, Flag House, Maryland Historical Society, Historic Hampton Inc., and the women's clubs of Hopkins and the Applied Physics Laboratory, where her husband of 49 years, Albert Sidney Polk Jr., had been an engineer. He died in 1986.

Mrs. Polk also was a board member of the English Speaking Union, and a Mothers' March of Dimes and Heart Association volunteer. She led tours at the historic Evergreen and Homewood houses on Charles Street.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5601 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, Albert Sidney Polk III of Annapolis; a daughter, Mary Anne Polk O'Meara of Moorestown, N.J.; a sister, Margaret Christina Sutch Faulkner of Towson; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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