Estelle Marie Hynson, a cosmetologist who appeared at breast cancer awareness rallies as she fought her disease, died Monday at her Glen Burnie home. She was 66.
Mrs. Hynson, who received the diagnosis five years ago, appeared as a breast cancer survivor during Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer walks.
Family members said she sported pink hair, a pink feather boa and a Panama hat trimmed in pink ribbon at last year's event in downtown Baltimore. She made the walk using a cane and later said she was proud of the busload of children, family members and friends who had accompanied her.
"She wanted to fight until the end," said a son, David M. Hynson of Glen Burnie. "She told us she never wanted to be taken off a respirator."
Throughout her fight with breast cancer, she kept a diary of her thoughts after each medical visit and chemotherapy treatment.
Dr. Diana Griffiths, director of the St. Agnes Hospital breast cancer center, said that Mrs. Hynson's condition was incurable at the time of her initial diagnosis.
"Her courage in putting that in a healthy perspective was remarkable," Dr. Griffiths said. "She lived life to the fullest. Many people would have been suffocated by that, but Stel was full of spunk."
Born Estelle Marie Agro in Baltimore and raised on Barre and later Clarkson streets, she attended Holy Cross parochial school in Baltimore and was a St. Mary's Star of the Sea Commercial School graduate.
Mrs. Hynson, who had three children in four years, including twins, was busy raising her family. After the birth of her seventh child, she returned to school and earned her cosmetology license. She worked for more than 20 years, much of the time at the Z Image Salon on Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie.
"She was always laughing and enjoyed people," said Darla Benson, Z Image owner. "She was a great advice-giver who could find humor in anything and get you through a difficult time."
She also worked in hairdressing at the Heartlands Nursing Home in Severna Park.
Mrs. Hynson was a self-taught artist who presented many hand-painted garden pieces and other gifts to her family and friends. She also did crochet work. She painted murals on the walls of her homes, including a vacation house in Selbyville, Del.
For many years, she competed in duckpin bowling at the old Southway Lanes. She also had an extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers and teapots.
She also enjoyed amateur photography and chronicled family gatherings at the overflowing weekly Sunday family spaghetti dinners held on First Street in Glen Burnie, where nine households of her extended family reside.
A memorial Mass was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Glen Burnie, where she was a member.
In addition to her son, survivors include her husband of 48 years, Calvin Hynson Jr.; five additional sons, Stephen C. Hynson, Richard J. Hynson, John A. Hynson and Nicholas P. Hynson, all of Glen Burnie, and Anthony M. Hynson of Pasadena; a daughter, Angela M. Wilhelm of Glen Burnie; three brothers, Michael A. Agro Sr. of Pasadena, John M. Agro of Glen Burnie and Frank J. Kelly of Baltimore; two sisters, Rosemary Schmidt of Glen Burnie and Lori Preslipsky of Pasadena; and 10 grandchildren.