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Margaret E. 'Peggy' Coster, doll collector

Margaret E. “Peggy” Coster, a homemaker and doll collector, died Oct. 25 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Towson resident was 97.

The daughter of Arthur Ringgold, an artist and engineer, and C. Bernadine Ringgold, a homemaker, Margaret Elizabeth Ringgold was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, where she graduated in 1939 from Towson High School.

During World War II, she worked as a secretary for Black & Decker Corp.

In 1944, she married J. Benjamin Coster Jr., a salesman, and the couple lived for years on Marwood Road in Towson. He died in 2015.

Mrs. Coster was a collector of antique dolls and dressed the dolls in clothes and wigs that she had designed and made.

“Some of her dolls were displayed at the Smithsonian,” said a daughter, Claire C. Geltz of Winter Springs, Fla.

Mrs. Coster and her husband were daily early-morning walkers at Towson Town Center, where she earned the nickname “Candy Lady” because she dispensed candy to mall workers and other walkers as she traversed each floor.

Services are private.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Coster is survived by a son, Joseph B. “JB” Coster III of White Hall; another daughter, Elizabeth C. Grande of Baltimore; a sister, Catherine “Kitty” Trent of Huntington Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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