Margaret Patricia Mace, a homemaker and gardener, died of respiratory failure Friday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Owings Mills resident was 86.
She was born Margaret Patricia Patrick in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington. She was a 1935 gradate of Mount St. Agnes High School and earned a bachelor's degree in French from Duke University in 1939. She later studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and earned a master's degree in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Her husband of a half-century, Dr. Albert J. Mace, a Baltimore internist, died in 1992.
An avid gardener, she was a longtime member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and lectured widely on wildflowers. She also enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Big Sky, Mont., and was an Orioles fan.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington.
Mrs. Mace is survived by her four sons, Robert J. Mace of Owings Mills, Albert P. Mace of Colts Neck, N.J., Samuel V. Mace of Roland Park and Carville V. Mace of Taneytown; two daughters, M. Carroll Mace of Valley Forge, Pa., and Patricia Azaro of Hamilton, Bermuda; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.