Mary Ellen Coady, legal secretary, 88, dies

Mary Ellen Coady, a homemaker and a former legal secretary, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Oct. 25 at Candle Light Cove in Easton. The St. Michaels resident was 88.

Born Mary Ellen Andrews in Pikesville, she was the daughter of Francis E. Andrews, an auto mechanic, and E. Pauline Smith, a school teacher.


She grew up in Baltimore County and attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School in Glyndon and St. Charles Borromeo School in Pikesville. She was a graduate of St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg. She also attended Mount St. Agnes College.

She worked as a legal secretary for her uncle, Michael Smith. It was there she met her future husband, John T. Coady, a Baltimore attorney. They were married in 1951 and resided in the Campus Hills area of Towson for 35 years. During this time they enjoyed spending summers with friends at a family cottage in Dewey Beach, Del.

In 1986, the couple moved to Solitude Pond Farm in St. Michaels.

Mrs. Coady enjoyed gardening, entertaining and spending time with her family. She was also an avid Orioles fan — she and her husband rarely missed Opening Day. At one Memorial Stadium game, the Orioles' Jim Palmer pitched to a batter whose hit went foul and struck her in the chest. She saved the ball and later received Palmer's autograph.

She also attended Baltimore Colts games; the family had been neighbors of Colts players who lived in Campus Hills.

"She had a penchant for proper grammar and utilized those skills for many years as the editor of the Campus Hills community newspaper," said her daughter, Paula C. Petry of St. Michaels.

She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish of Easton, the St. Andrew's Society and the Navy League.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at St. Michael Mission Church, 109 Lincoln Ave. in St. Michaels.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, John T. "Jack" Coady of Easton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 60 years died in 2011.