Marion L. Winstead, gardener and bow tie maker, dies

Marion L. Winstead, an avid gardener and bow tie maker, died Thursday from complications of anemia at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 92.

The former Marion Legendre was born and raised in New Orleans. She was the daughter of Joseph Legendre, a chemist, and Octavie Tiblier, a homemaker.

After graduating in 1944 from the Isidore Newman School, she attended Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In 1945, she married Thomas Winstead, founder of the Hedwin Corp., a maker of plastic packaging, and moved to Baltimore the following year.

Mrs. Winstead enjoyed gardening and flower arranging. She was a member of the Woodland Garden Club and a past president of the Amateur Gardener’s Club.

She was known for the seasonal flower arrangements that enlivened her home, and for her boxwood trees at Christmas, family members said.

She also designed flower arrangements for the lobby at Blakehurst, and founded and created “The Touch Shell Garden” at the Maryland School for the Blind in Northeast Baltimore.

For 17 years, she served as a member of the board of the Charles Village Halfway House; she had also been a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Mrs. Winstead was an accomplished needleworker, and also made bow ties.

“She made them for my father and his friends,” said a son, Thomas “Tee” Winstead Jr., of Baltimore. “She used fabric she had purchased from all over the world and had a label, ‘Ties By Tombowx,’ which she sewed into them. People were very excited to get them.”

Mrs. Winstead and her husband traveled extensively after he retired in 1986, and enjoyed spending summers at their Cotton Patch home in Bethany Beach, Del., and August at New Hampshire’s Squam Lake. They enjoyed winters at the Mill Reef Club in Antigua.

Services are private.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, David Winstead of Chevy Chase; a sister, Louise Ross of Richmond, Va.; and five grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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