Carlyn L. McDonald, an avid gardener and former longtime Sparks resident, died Feb. 12 of Parkinson's disease at the Barbara J. Egan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Shrewsbury, Pa. She was 86.
Carlyn Lowe was born in Shrewsbury and was raised there and in Stewartstown, Pa. After graduating from Stewartstown High School in 1939, she enrolled at the University of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor's degree in dietary science in 1943.
During the 1940s, she taught home economics at Arendtsville and New Freedom high schools in Pennsylvania.
In 1948, she married Leib McDonald, a Baltimore County public school educator.
Mr. McDonald, a retired principal of Dundalk Senior High School and a former longtime director of Sparks State Bank, died last year.
Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and had been regent of the DAR's Maryland Line chapter. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists.
A rose fancier, Mrs. McDonald was a longtime member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland and the Garden Club of America. She was a former president of the Halten Garden Club.
She received numerous awards and ribbons for horticulture and flower arranging.
Mrs. McDonald also enjoyed playing bridge, baking and entertaining.
She was a 60-year communicant of St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton, where services were held yesterday.
She is survived by two sons, James N. McDonald of Timonium and John S. McDonald of Washington.