Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Broderick, artist, dies

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Broderick, an artist and former president of Historic Glyndon Inc., died Saturday in her sleep at her Glyndon residence. She was 95.

The daughter of Maurice C. Sturm, owner of Moss Manufacturing and Hardware Co., and Elsie Sturm, a homemaker, Mary Elizabeth Sturm was born in Baltimore and raised on Fulton Avenue and at Four Aces, her family’s Worthington Valley summer home.

She was a graduate of St. Martin’s High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in fashion art in 1944 from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

In 1944 she married Charles Richard Broderick Jr., a decorated World War II Navy officer who in 1955 founded Bees Distributing Co., a beer-distribution firm.

Since 1952, the couple had lived in Glyndon. Mrs. Broderick served as a founding member and later president of Historic Glyndon Inc., an organization that worked to establish an historic district in 1972.

She was an accomplished artist, potter and quilter, and was a member of the Glyndon Quilters.She also colorized black and white photographs, family members said.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Broderick began playing tennis in the early 1970s on her family’s backyard court, which she also allowed community members to use. It later became the site of the Father Hooper Memorial Tennis Tournament.

Mrs. Broderick enjoyed spending summers at Bees on the Bay, their Ocean City vacation home, which she opened to family and friends.

Her husband died in 1996.

She was a longtime daily communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, where she served as a member of its Sodality.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday at her church, 63 Sacred Heart Lane.

She is survived by two sons, Charles R. “Rick” Broderick III of Reisterstown and Dennis Broderick of Finksburg; three daughters, Patricia A. Clifford and Mary Beth Hannon, both of Reisterstown, and Carol F. Wissell of Glyndon; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

-- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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