Joan O’Herron Craw­ford, hor­ti­cul­tur­ist

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Joan O’Herron Craw­ford, a re­tired Bal­ti­more County kinder­garten teacher who judged flower shows, died Sept. 20 at the Atrium in Owings Mills. She was 91.

A daugh­ter, Bar­bara Smith, said no med­i­cal cause of death was de­ter­mined.

Born Joan O’Herron in Ithaca, N.Y., she was the daugh­ter of James O’Herron, a civil en­gi­neer, and Eleanor Ryan.

She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity.

She met her future hus­band, Paul H. Craw­ford, while they were students at Cor­nell. They moved to Bal­ti­more in 1945.

“My mother had far-rang­ing in­ter­ests,” said her daugh­ter, who re­sides in Gam­brills. “These in­cluded na­ture and gar­den­ing, flower ar­rang­ing and Ja­panese Ike­bana, pho­tog­ra­phy, so­cial en­gage­ment and vol­un­teer­ing.”

Mrs. Craw­ford was hor­ti­cul­ture chair of the Fed­er­ated Gar­den Clubs of Mary­land. She also chaired its judges coun­cil.

She was also a past pres­i­dent of the Tow­son Val­ley Gar­den Club and the Cor­nell Women’s Club of Bal­ti­more. She had served as the first vice pres­i­dent of the Du­laney Val­ley Women’s Club and the sec­re­tary of Ike­bana In­ter­na­tional Bal­ti­more. She was an avid bird-watcher.

She taught kinder­garten in the Bal­ti­more County pub­lic schools in the 1950s.

Mrs. Craw­ford was a vol­un­teer at James L. Ker­nan Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren. She was also sec­re­tary of the women’s board at the in­sti­tu­tion, now known as Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Or­thopaedic In­sti­tute near Dick­eyville.

Cor­nell named her an Out­stand­ing Alumna. She sup­ported the school, raised funds and con­ducted in­ter­views with high school se­niors.

“My mother was a keen and ac­com­plished am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher,” said her daugh­ter.

“She had her pho­tos pub­lished in a na­tional cal­en­dar and lo­cal pub­li­ca­tions. She was also an in­de­pen­dent and fearless trav­eler, and had a won­der­ful sense of hu­mor and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ab­surd.”

Her hus­band of 57 years, a Chesapeake & Po­tomac Tele­phone vice pres­i­dent, died in 2002.

A memo­rial Mass will be of­fered at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day at St. Joseph’s Ro­man Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cock­eysville.

In ad­di­tion to her daugh­ter, sur­vivors in­clude a son, Paul V. Craw­ford of the Wash­ing­ton area; an­other daugh­ter, Sheila Fotheringill of Owings Mills; three grand­chil­dren, and eight great-grand­chil­dren.

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