Ann D. McKee, educator and guidance counselor, dies

She and her husband visited those who were sick or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Ann D. McKee, former Coppin State University registrar who later became a teacher and guidance counselor at several city high schools, died April 17 of multiple organ failure at her daughter's Catonsville home. She was 88.

The daughter of farmers Claude Steele and Mary Jane Campbell Steele, Ann Dell Steele was born and raised in Harmony, N.C., and graduated in 1946 from West Iredell High School in Statesville, N.C.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 from what is now North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University. While a student at college, she met and fell in love with a fellow student, Johnnie McKee. They married in 1953.

After moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s, she worked as a secretary for a local attorney. In the early 1960s, she became assistant to Parlett L. Moore who was president of Coppin from 1956 to 1970.

She was named the college's registrar in the mid-1960s. While working full time at Coppin, she earned a master's degree in counseling from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

Ms. McKee left Coppin in the late 1960s and joined the faculty of Western High School, where she was a guidance counselor.

She later held similar positions at Walbrook High School and Northwestern High School, from which she retired in 1982.

The former St. Stephens Street resident, who moved to Ashburton in 1962, was an active member of Heritage United Church of Christ, involved in many church activities.

Ms. McKee joined Virginia Harris and Dr. Anne Emery in coordinating the first fundraiser for their church, as well as a church cruise to Bermuda. She was also a founding member of the Women's Guild and Membership Development Ministry.

Named a deacon in 1987, she joined her husband, who was also a deacon, visiting the homes of those who were sick or grieving the loss of a loved one.

She was a member of the church's Diaconate Board for more than 30 years and a member of the Scholarship and Leadership Guild.

She also volunteered at Our Daily Bread, and was widely known for her casseroles. She also made sandwiches for the Homeless Outreach ministry.

A crossword puzzle enthusiast, Ms. McKee enjoyed arts and crafts. She liked to crochet and stain furniture, and enjoyed arranging Christmas parties and decorating her home.

Her husband, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard supervisor, died in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave.

Ms. McKee is survived by her daughter, H. Christine McKee of Catonsville; a brother, Billy R. Steele of Harmony, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. Another daughter, Carol Ann McKee, died in 1956.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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