Nancy K. Holden, a retired legal librarian and world traveler, died of cancer Nov. 17 at her East Lake Avenue home. She was 80.

Nancy Somerville King was born in Garden City, N.Y., and raised in Jamestown, N.Y., and Mayville, N.Y.

After graduating from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Ms. Holden moved to Baltimore and worked as a laboratory assistant and secretary to the chief of psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical School.

While working at the medical school, she met Dr. William B. Holden, a psychiatrist, whom she married in 1955. The couple later divorced.

During the 1960s, she worked as a bookkeeper and sales associate for Betty Cooke, noted Baltimore jewelry designer, and in the office of Walter Orlinsky, who had been City Council president.

A longtime resident of Tyson Street, Ms. Holden moved to North Baltimore after her divorce in the 1970s.

In the early 1970s, she returned to college and earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland, College Park, later becoming librarian at the university's law school.

From 1982 until retiring in 1994, she was librarian for the Baltimore law firm of Niles, Barton & Wilmer.

In 1989, she married Kenneth S. Munson, who had worked as a civil engineer for Bethlehem Steel Corp. The couple enjoyed playing golf and bridge and attending the theater.

They were also members of the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and traveled to such destinations as South Africa, Russia, Iceland and the Midway Atoll.

Ms. Holden also enjoyed writing poetry and had been the winner of a haiku contest sponsored by The Baltimore Sun.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

In addition to her husband, surviving are two daughters, Lisa King Holden Mortimer of Lexington, Mass., and Katherine Montegut Holden of Springfield, Va.; a stepdaughter, Sally Munson of New York City; a sister, Martha Sue King Hamill of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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