Margaret J. Braymer

2008
Margaret J. Braymer, 95, a retired personnel management specialist for  federal agencies, died Dec. 13 at Suburban Hospital of a
hemorrhagic stroke. She was a 50-year resident of Rockville. Mrs. Braymer was born in Valparaiso, Ind., and moved to the District as a
14-year-old in 1927 -- on the June day that President Calvin Coolidge and thousands of Washingtonians welcomed transatlantic aviator
Charles Lindbergh to the city.
She graduated from  McKinley High School in 1930 and attended George Washington University as a political science major from 1930 to
1932. After dropping out of college during the Depression, she took a job in Baltimore with the Social Security Administration.
She was 'something of a character,' said her daughter, Barbara Braymer Cardellichio, who recalled her mother telling her how she was a
regular in daily card games with the guys on the train ride back and forth to Baltimore. She loved horseback riding and tennis and wasn't
beyond enjoying herself on New Year's Eve well into her 80s.
From 1942 to 1947, Mrs. Braymer was the personnel classification chief for the Office of Price Administration. She was a homemaker from
1947 to 1960 and then went to work as a real estate agent for several area firms.
From 1971 until her retirement in 1977, she was a supervisory personnel management specialist in the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental
Health  Administration, a part of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Mrs. Braymer helped establish the Montgomery County Public Library's Davis  branch in Bethesda and volunteered as a nursing home
ombudsman for the Montgomery County Commission on Aging. She also volunteered at the Suburban Hospital emergency room admitting
desk. During the Clinton administration, she was a volunteer phone answerer at the White House.
She was a board member of the Tuckerman Station Condominium Association in  Rockville.
Her husband, John Durfee Braymer, died in 1986.
Besides her daughter Barbara Cardellichio of Fairfax County, survivors include two other daughters, Susan Anne Braymer of Houston and
Nancy  Anne Braymer of Denver; and three granddaughters.