Mar­jorie D. Nel­son, home­maker, vol­un­teer

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Mar­jorie De­marest Nel­son, a home­maker and re­tired com­mu­nity vol­un­teer, died of com­pli­ca­tions from a stroke Sept. 19 at the Broad­mead Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Cock­eysville.

The for­mer Rux­ton res­i­dent was 91.

Born Mar­jorie Anne “Midge” De­marest in Bal­ti­more, she was the daugh­ter of Clay­ton De­marest Jr., an At­lantic In­sur­ance Co. ex­ec­u­tive, and Mar­guerite Bahlke De­marest.

She grew up on Queen Anne Road in Wind­sor Hills and was a 1941 grad­u­ate of For­est Park High School. She later resided with her fam­ily on Nor­wood Road in Guil­ford.

She earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree at Hollins Col­lege in 1945 and stud­ied paint­ing at the Mary­land In­sti­tute Col­lege of Art. Fam­ily mem­bers said she spent her sum­mers and win­ter breaks dur­ing World War II as a Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal vol­un­teer.

In 1946, she mar­ried N. Travers Nel­son, a Bal­ti­more res­i­dent who later be­came an en­gi­neer at Beth­le­hem Steel’s Spar­rows Point plant.

Mrs. Nel­son was an avid gar­dener and worked for 10 years with the Greater Bal­ti­more Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s grounds com­mit­tee in the 1960s and 1970s. She en­joyed bird­ing in Bal­ti­more and in Maine.

Mrs. Nel­son and her hus­band vol­un­teered as tu­tors for two decades at Brown Me­mo­rial Pres­by­te­rian Church on Park Av­enue in Bolton Hill, where the cou­ple had mar­ried.

She, her hus­band and chil­dren be­gan at­tend­ing Brown Me­mo­rial Pres­by­te­rian Church in Wood­brook in Bal­ti­more County when it opened in 1960 and re­mained ac­tive in the con­gre­ga­tion. She was a church sup­porter and be­came in­volved in the de­sign of its sanc­tu­ary and land­scap­ing in the early 1990s.

For more than 50 years, she and her fam­ily spent sum­mers on Isle au Haut, Maine.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Brown Me­mo­rial Wood­brook Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Sur­vivors in­clude two sons, Travers C. Nel­son of Bal­ti­more and David C. Nel­son of West­port, Conn.; two daugh­ters, Anne N. Ap­gar of Bal­ti­more and El­iz­a­beth C. “Liza” Nel­son of Brunswick, Maine; a sis­ter, Carolyn D. Wells of Shrews­bury, Mass.; nine grand­chil­dren; and one great-grand­daugh­ter. Her hus­band of 63 years, the re­tired su­per­in­ten­dent of the Beth­le­hem Steel rod and wire mill, died in 2009.

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