Margaret Church, 96, a resident of the Anchorage community of Annapolis
for 44 years, died from natural causes on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Anne Arundel
Born on Nov. 22, 1913, in Washington, D.C., to the late George and Della
Hedgcock. She was raised in Takoma Park and attended Central High
School. A 1935 graduate of Cornell University, she later worked for the
Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.
A former camp counselor and Girl Scout Leader, she enjoyed horseback
riding, beachcombing and was an accomplished knitter. She was also an avid
gardener and was a member of the Azalea Society of America and the
American Rhododendron Society.
She was preceded in death by by her husband, Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt
Wells Church; and one sister, Ruthe Stevenson and one brother, Leland
She is survived by four children, Robert Merrill Wells Church of Silver Spring,
Margaret Kathleen Hayden and husband, William of Virginia Beach, Va.,
Priscilla Church Mitchell and husband, William of Annapolis and Fay Cynthia
Applegate and husband Stephen of Annapolis; two grandchildren, William
Buford Hayden, Jr. and wife Stacy of Frederick, and Matthew Wells Hayden
and wife Lynne of Van Nuys, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; and three
nieces and two nephews.
Services are private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the U.S. National Arboretum,
Attn: Director's Office, 3501 New York Ave., Washington, DC 20002 or at
Published in The Capital on October 3, 2010