Julia Kappler, rug artisan

Julia T. Kappler, an insurance agent who won awards for her handmade hooked rugs, died of cancer Feb. 2 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 74.

Born Julia Scott Todd in Orange, Va., she was the daughter of James T. Todd, a longtime Orange County treasurer, and Orene Dickinson Todd, a homemaker. She was a 1956 graduate of Orange High School and earned a degree at Sweet Briar College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mrs. Kappler moved to Atlanta, where she worked at the Georgia Historical Society. She then came to Baltimore and later married James Kappler, an insurance agent. She joined him in his business, became an insurance agent and worked at an office in their home on Providence Road.

She also made hand-hooked rugs and received blue ribbons and other awards at the Maryland State Fair. She made about 50 rugs.

She belonged to the Metropolitan Baltimore Dachshund Club. She was its president, vice president, secretary and show chairman, a post she held for 12 years.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, where she was a vestry member, junior warden and senior warden.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years; two sons, John Kappler of Bel Air and Skip Ebaugh of Ocean City; four daughters, Kim Riordon of Monkton, Lauren Halterman of Easton, Jennifer Walsh of Elkridge and Diana Donoho of Towson; two brothers, James Turnley Todd Jr. of Gloucester, Va., and Charlie Todd of Maine; and 12 grandchildren.


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