Lynnda S. Kratovil, a social worker who was director of social services for the Methodist Board of Child Care, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 8 at her Grasonville home. She was 84.
The former Lynnda Lee Skinner, daughter of John Wilson Skinner, a mechanical engineer, and his wife, Eva Skinner, was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, graduating in 1953 from Towson High School.
Ms. Kratovil earned a bachelor’s degree in 1957 in psychology from what was then Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, where she was a member of the Tri-Beta Honorary Society.
In 1958, she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, to which she had received a scholarship, but withdrew after falling in love with Frank M. Kratovil Sr., a University of Maryland, College Park student whom she had met on a blind date. They married in 1959.
Her husband, who was later appointed a District Court judge for Prince George’s County, died in 2019.
She returned to school in 1962 when she entered the Howard University School of Social Work on a full scholarship. receiving a master’s degree in social work in 1964.
After graduating from Howard, she began her professional career working with pregnant teenage girls at the Sonia Whipper Maternity Home in Washington. In 1966 she began working at the Methodist Board of Child Care in Randallstown as an adoption counselor to single parents and performed home studies.
In 1973, she became director of social services for the agency, where she was responsible for supervising social workers in the areas of residential, foster care and adoption programs. She was given additional duties in 1981 when she was put in charge of the management of the emergency shelter program, a program that she had developed.
Ms. Kratovil officially retired in 2001 but continued working for the Methodist Board of Child Care until 2005, family members said.
Her professional affiliations included serving as a field instructor for Western Maryland College social work interns and as a visiting lecturer for the Family Training Institute in Baltimore.
The former longtime Lanham resident was also active with the Prince George’s County Mental Health Association as a member of its board and was a former president and board member of College Park Business and Professional Women.
In recent years Ms. Kratovil was an active member of the Kent Island Federation of Art and the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society, where she was a docent in the Old Stevensville Historic District.
“She was a fixture at nearly every artistic, musical, charitable and social event on Kent Island and in the county,” her son, Queen Anne’s County District Judge Frank Kratovil Jr. of Stevensville, wrote in a biographical profile of his mother.
A gregarious conversationalist who had a genuine liking for people, Ms. Kratovil and her husband often drove to social events separately “so she could stay and talk all night,” her son wrote.
Something of an eccentric, independent and a free-spirited woman, according to her son, Ms. Kratovil liked dressing in flamboyant clothes and hats, and enjoyed smoking Tiparillo cigars, sipping sherry and driving her Porsche convertible.
Plans for a celebration-of-life gathering are incomplete because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to her son, she is survived by two daughters, Connie Kratovil-Lavelle of Stevensville and Terri Kratovil Meijer of Geneva, and eight grandchildren.