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Mathilde Holmes, 82

The Baltimore Sun

Mathilde C. "Teally" Holmes, a homemaker and volunteer, died of a heart attack April 9 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. She was 82.

Mathilde Clark was born in Baltimore and raised at Margaret Meadows, her parents' Stevenson farm. She was a graduate of St. Mary's in the Mountains in Littleton, N.H., and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Wheelock College in Boston in 1946.

Mrs. Holmes taught school for several years in Wilmington, Del., before returning to Baltimore when she married Alexander Rutherfoord Holmes in 1951.

From 1943 to 1945, she volunteered as a nurse's aide with the American Red Cross at University of Maryland Hospital and at Johns Hopkins Hospital at what is now the Harriet Lane Primary Clinic.

Mrs. Holmes volunteered from 1957 to 1995 at Pickersgill and served on its board. From 1966 to 1995, she was a driver and delivered food packages to recipients of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. She was also a member of Beautiful Baltimore, a downtown beautification organization that hung pots of flowers from downtown lampposts.

She was a founder of St. Thomas Parish Day School and had been president of its board. She also had been a member and vice chairwoman of the Episcopal Ministries Association.

The former Stevenson and Garrison resident, who had lived at the Sykesville retirement community since 1997, was a member of its board from 1975 to 1990.

Mrs. Holmes was a member of the Colonial Dames of America - Chapter 1, the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, the Mount Vernon Club and the Green Spring Valley Garden Club.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison, where services were held Tuesday.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, a retired certified public accountant; a son, Gaylord Clark Holmes of Tarrytown, N.Y.; two daughters, Anne R. Holmes of Dayton, Howard County, and Carrington H. Price of Mineral Springs, N.C.; a brother Dr. Gaylord L. Clark Jr. of Stevenson; two sisters, Juliana Clark Watts of Ruxton and Letitia Clark Sexton of Towson; and five grandchildren.

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