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Charlotte A. Swope, 87, homemaker and gardener


Charlotte A. Swope, a homemaker and gardener, died of heart failure Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Falmouth, Maine. The former longtime Roland Park resident, who had lived in Yarmouth, Maine, since 2002, was 87.

Charlotte Anne Tomkinson was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was a graduate of the Germantown Friends School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

She returned to Philadelphia, and during the 1940s she worked in public relations and was assistant treasurer for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team

After her 1945 marriage to Carey B. Swope Sr., an insurance salesman, the couple moved to Baltimore and for years lived on Gilmarys Road in Roland Park. Mr. Swope died in 2000.

Mrs. Swope was a founding member and later president of the Garden Workshop garden club and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, where she had served on the Baltimore district board and from 1969 to 1977 as a member of the organization's state board.

As a member of the Maryland Conservation Council, she was a member of a group whose efforts resulted in Cylburn Arboretum being recognized as a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary, family members said.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

For years, Mrs. Swope spent summers at a cottage at Juniper Point near West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where she was active in the Boothbay Regional Art Gallery, sang with the Lincoln County Arts Festival and was a member of the Boothbay Regional Garden Club.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Mrs. Swope is survived by her son, Carey B. "Sandy" Swope Jr. of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and two granddaughters.

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