Natalie B. Barringer, homemaker

Natalie B. Barringer, a founding member of Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women who was also a Eucharistic minister, died Feb. 18 of complications from dementia at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

The one-time Ruxton resident was 89.

The daughter of a farmer and an insurance broker, Natalie Kernan Belden was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y.

After graduating from Syracuse public schools, she completed training at the Powelson Institute in Syracuse, and she moved to New York City in 1944 to work for General Electric Co.

After World War II, Mrs. Barringer returned to Syracuse when GE opened offices there. She met her future husband, Baltimorean Stephen Bonsal Brooks Jr., who also worked for the company.

The couple married in 1948, and moved to Catonsville in 1955, when Mr. Bonsal was named sales manager of Arundel Brooks Concrete Co. After her husband's death in 1961, Mrs. Barringer moved her six children into a home on Longwood Road in Roland Park.

She served on the board of the Roland Park Civic League and on the parish council of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

She was married in 1966 to Harold C. Barringer, who was head of Maryland Occupation Safety and Health. The couple moved to a farm in Hydes, family members said. Mr. Barringer died in 1994.

Mrs. Barringer later moved to Ruxton, where she lived until the early 2000s. She then moved to the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.

She was a founding member and served as first chairwoman from 1997 to 2002 of the board of Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women.

"She was deeply committed to this educational institution that advances the cause of women in the church and society," said a son, Andrew M. Brooks of North Roland Park.

Mrs. Barringer served on several Archdiocese of Baltimore committees. She was a longtime active communicant and had headed the parish council of Corpus Christie Roman Catholic Church in Bolton Hill.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues.

Also surviving are two other sons, Stephen B. Brooks III of Rehoboth, Mass., and Robert D. Brooks of Annapolis; two daughters, Priscilla M. Brooks of Ipswich, Mass., and Mary W. Brooks of Arlington, Mass.; a stepson, John R. Barringer of Petaluma, Calif; a stepdaughter, Mary E. Barringer of Timonium; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.