Dorothy E. Marvel, librarian

Dorothy E. Marvel had been a librarian.
Dorothy E. Marvel had been a librarian.

Dorothy E. Marvel, a retired librarian and inveterate gardener, died of ovarian cancer Nov. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 84.

The daughter of August Carl Winterstein, an electrician, and Julia Emre Winterstein, the former Dorothy Eleanor Winterstein was born and raised in Highlandtown.


She attended the old Robert E. Lee School 49 on Cathedral Street and graduated in 1947 from Patterson Park High School. A talented pianist, she also studied classical piano at the Peabody Conservatory.

After her 1948 marriage to William Carlton Marvel, a sheet metal fabricator, the couple settled in Catonsville, where they raised their two daughters.

Discouraged from attending college by her father, Mrs. Marvel never lost her dream of getting a college education.

While raising her daughters, Mrs. Marvel enrolled at what is now the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville, where she achieved a 4.0 grade point average and graduated first in her class in 1968.

She was a 1971 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earned a master's degree in library science in 1973 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mrs. Marvel became the librarian for Adams Express Co. in 1976, when the firm moved from Wall Street to Baltimore. She retired in 1995.

Avid gardeners, Mrs. Marvel and her husband enjoyed working side-by-side designing and planting perennial and shrub gardens "that reflect all seasons, provide delight for the eye, refuge for birds and serenity to all who visit," said a daughter, Diedre Emre Marvel of Catonsville.

After her husband died in 1985, Mrs. Marvel continued working in her gardens.

"She was a master of the pickax, propagation, and loved digging in the dirt," her daughter said.

Mrs. Marvel was a longtime member of the Catonsville Garden Club, where she had served two terms as president. She was also an active member of the Federated Garden Clubs of America.

She was a longtime member and had served on the board of the Catonsville Historical Society. She was also a year-round hiker and was a member of the Mountain Club of Maryland.

She was a world traveler and a Francophile.

"She loved good books, good food, good company, music, theater, opera and all things French," her daughter said.

Friends and family may call at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., where a memorial service is set to begin at noon.


In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Marvel is survived by another daughter, Dana Boyce Marvel of Ellicott City; two nephews; and a niece.