Anna Marie Quirk Tydings 2007
Anna Marie Tydings, 92, former president of the Montgomery County General Federation
of Women's Clubs and the founder of Laytonsville Women's Club, died May 30 at her
home in Lexington Park. The cause of death was failure to thrive.
Mrs. Tydings and her husband, Warren E. Tydings, a real estate investor and developer,
built the Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville in the early 1960s. She was one of the
first female jurors in Montgomery and also served on the founding board of the First
Community Psychiatric Association.
In the late 1940s, she was associated with the first pilot summer program for public
school children with cerebral palsy, which led to special education classes in public
Mrs. Tydings was born in Erie, Pa., the daughter of Eleanor Quirk and George Marcus
Quirk. She grew up in Washington, graduating from Western High School (1933). She
was a 1936 graduate of the University of Maryland and attended the University of Munich
in Germany. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
Mrs. Tydings, who spent most of her married life in Laytonsville, participated in numerous
organizations. She was member of the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Down to Earth
Garden Club, Crippled Children Society of Potomac, Stitch and Chatter Club, the
Redland Hunt Pony Club in Brookeville and the Goshen Hunt Club in Gaithersburg, the
Antiques Club and Gaithersburg Women's Club.
In later years, she lived in St. Mary's County and Hillsboro Beach, Fla. In St. Mary's, Mrs.
Tydings was active in the St. Ignatius Society and opened her home to fundraisers for the
society as well as HealthShare and the St. Mary's River Yacht Club. She also was active
in the St. Mary's Garden Club and enjoyed arranging prize-winning miniatures for the
Her husband died in 1993.
Survivors include three children, Eleanor Tydings-Reynolds of St. Mary's City, George R.
Tydings of Chevy Chase and Warren E. Tydings Jr. of Laytonsville; a sister, Eleanor
Abbey of Galesville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.