Marie Rose Cornely, a homemaker who enjoyed writing poetry, died Sunday of heart disease at Stella Maris Hospice.
She was 87.
Marie Rose McKenna was born and raised in Philadelphia. She was a 1943 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pa.
She was an office worker before her 1947 marriage to Dr. Donald A. Cornely Sr.. The couple lived in Philadelphia when Dr. Cornely taught at the University of Pennsylvania and later at the University of Pittsburgh.
They moved to Baltimore in 1965 and settled in Roland Park. Dr. Cornely was later appointed chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Department at what was then the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
After his 1997 retirement, they lived in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Mrs. Cornely moved to the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium after her husband's death in 2003.
She sang with the residents chorus and the Linus Group, and also was a Eucharistic minister.
Mrs. Cornely was known for her Christmas cookies and holiday poems that she composed for family members.
"She wrote poems for all the holidays that were very touching," said Deborah I. Cornely, a daughter-in-law who was the managing editor of the Dundalk Eagle and is now the weekly's associate publisher.
"She would write poems for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and even a 'Welcome Spring' poem," said Ms. Cornely. "She'd put them in cards. And she never forgot a birthday or an anniversary."
Mrs. Cornely also enjoyed painting and drawing.
She had been a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. May 17 at Christ Our King Roman Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Plans for a memorial service to be held at Mercy Ridge were incomplete.
Surviving are five sons, Donald A. Cornely Jr. of Glenville, Pa., Paul J. Cornely of Fort Mill, S.C., Francis "Frank" Cornely of Mount Pleasant, Joseph E. Cornely of Fort Thomas, Ky., and John M. Cornely of Charlotte, N.C.; eight daughters, Marysusan Oroszlan, Eileen M. Bowman and Rosemary Hasson, all of Baltimore, Patricia C. Conner of Wayne, Pa., Christine M. Sheetz of Pittsburgh, Denise M. Jenkins of Argyle, Texas, Ann M. Berger of Richmond, Va., and Michelle M. Killmond of Palo Alto, Calif.; and 28 grandchildren.