Mary D. ‘Molly’ Buchanan, former sales associate, dies

Mary D. "Molly" Buchanan was inducted into the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mary D. “Molly” Buchanan, a former sales associate who was an avid tennis and bridge player, died of respiratory failure Sept. 4 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Ruxton resident was 73.

The former Mary Donker, who was known as Molly, was the daughter of Charles William Donker, a Martin Marietta Corp. aeronautical engineer, and Naomi DeHuff, an educator. She was born in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County’s Wiltondale neighborhood.


After graduating from Friends School in 1965, where she had been an outstanding tennis and badminton player, Ms. Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 from Duke University. She was inducted into the Friends School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Before she had her two daughters, Ms. Buchanan worked at T. Rowe Price. After her children were grown, she was an administrator for Natural Concerns Inc., a Sparks-Glencoe landscaping firm. She later worked for the Ravens after they moved to Baltimore and subsequently was a sales associate at Dahne & Weinstein, a Lutherville jeweler, and at Talbots in the Village of Cross Keys from which she retired in 2007.


She was a former member of the Baltimore Country Club, where she was a ladies league champion in both tennis and paddle tennis, and the Roland Run Club, where she was a tennis champion.

For more than 40 years, Ms. Buchanan played bridge regularly. She also enjoyed the beach and spending summers at Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Ms. Buchanan, who had lived on Ellenham Road in Ruxton for nearly 40 years, was an accomplished cook and baker, and liked entertaining family and friends, who always asked for copies of her recipes.

Services are private.

She is survived by her two daughters, Amanda Claire “Mandy” Buchanan of Ruxton and Sarah Lindsay Buchanan Archer of Denver; and many cousins. A marriage to William H. Buchanan ended in divorce.