Alice W. Gary, a homemaker who later in life returned to college and earned a law degree, died Tuesday of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 80.
Alice Wainwright was born in Baltimore and raised on Charlesmead Road in North Baltimore.
After graduating from Roland Park Country School in 1945, she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College in 1949.
Mrs. Gary, who lived on West Northern Parkway for 50 years before moving to the retirement community in 2003, had been a homemaker and gardener.
She was a founding member of the Garden Workshop and had been a trustee of Roland Park Country School.
In 1984, Mrs. Gary realized a lifelong dream when she earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the Maryland Bar.
Mrs. Gary was an accomplished watercolorist and enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her husband aboard the Faith, a sloop.
Mrs. Gary also was an inveterate letter writer and maintained correspondence with family and friends.
Her husband of 57 years, James Albert Gary III, a longtime Enoch Pratt Free Library trustee who was a retired lawyer and trust officer with Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co., died last year.
Mrs. Gary was a communicant and Altar Guild member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 30 in the chapel of her church, 5603 N. Charles St.
Surviving are a son, James Albert Gary IV of Lutherville; two daughters, Ann Keyser Gary of Upton, Mass., and Alice Melyn Gary of Timonium; and three grandchildren.