Margaret J. Wimbrow, educator

Margaret J. Wimbrow, a retired Eastern Shore educator who was a co-founder of the Worcester County Republican Women's Club, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at her Berlin home. She was 100.

She was born Margaret Coulbourne Johnson, the daughter of Oliver and Florence Dryden Johnson, in Somerset County near Pocomoke City, and later moved with her family to a home on Market Street in Pocomoke City.

After graduating in 1930 from Pocomoke High School, she attended what is now Salisbury University, where she studied to become an elementary school teacher.

"At the time, the curriculum for elementary school teachers was two years. She completed the two-year curriculum and graduated in 1932. And when the school added a third year, she returned for a third year and graduated a second time in 1933," said her son, Peter Ayers Wimbrow III of Ocean City.

She began her teaching career in Newark, Del., and in 1934 was assigned to teach in Whaleyville. Two years later, she joined the faculty of Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin.

In 1937, she married Peter Ayers Wimbrow Jr., who was a road builder and later president of the Exchange & Savings Bank in Berlin. He died in 1974.

During World War II, she volunteered with the Women's Motor Corps. After the end of the war, she left teaching to raise her children.

She and an aunt, Helen Dryden, were co-founders of the Worcester County Republican Women's Club, and Mrs. Wimbrow served as its second president. She served on the Republican Central Committee for 20 years, and at one time was vice chairman of the Republican 1st Congressional District.

Mrs. Wimbrow returned to teaching in the mid-1960s as a Worcester County public schools special-education instructor and continued working in this field until retiring in 1976.

She was an original member of the Berlin Historical Commission and had been a member of the junior board of Peninsula General Hospital, now Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Wimbrow was an active member of Stevenson United Methodist Church, where she served as its treasurer and trustee and on many committees.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at her church at 123 Main St., Berlin.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Wimbrow is survived by a granddaughter. Her daughter, Margaret J. "Peggy" Wimbrow, died in 2001.

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