Mary T. O'Meara, founder of library at Sacred Heart School of Glyndon, dies

Mary T. O’Meara, who founded the library at Sacred Heart School of Glyndon and served there as librarian, died Thursday from heart and respiratory failure at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

The longtime Glyndon resident was 96.


The daughter of George Ransom Hartman, a stockbroker, and Mary Alice Duff Hartman, a homemaker, the former Mary Theresa Hartman was one of seven children. She was born in Baltimore and raised on Paradise Avenue in Catonsville.

After graduating in 1940 from Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, she worked for the next three years as secretary to James W. Rouse, a partner in the Moss-Rouse Co. — which eventually became the Rouse Co.


In 1942, she married James Edward O’Meara Jr., a building contractor, and the couple eventually settled in Glyndon. Her husband died in 2012.

In the early 1960s, Mrs. O’Meara established the library at the Sacred Heart School of Glyndon; she served as its librarian through the 1970s.

She enjoyed quilting, music and playing bridge.

Mrs. O’Meara was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

She is survived by four sons, Daniel J. O’Meara and Kevin J. O’Meara, both of Glyndon, James P. O’Meara of Finksburg and Michael E. O’Meara of Westminster; four daughters, Kathleen O’Meara Farley of Baltimore, Theresa A. Prevosto of Hampstead, Susan O. Wroe of Glyndon and Bridget O. Witt of Westminster; 20 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.