Mary A. Markey, 68, passed away April 10, 2020 at her residence in Washington, DC. She was born January 22, 1952 in Alexandria, VA to the late Thomas Baker Markey and Laura Edenfield Markey. Mary grew up in Belleville, Illinois and resided in Springfield, MO, Morganton, WV, Baltimore, MD, and most recently Washington, DC.
She had a 26 year career as an archivist, working at W.V. University, Baltimore’s Peale Museum, Maryland Historical Society, and the Smithsonian Archives. Mary especially enjoyed working with photographs. She loved photography, and her work was published and exhibited at the Spoleto Festival. Her lifelong interest in Edgar Allen Poe resulted in several articles and lectures. She was known for her antique doll collection, and knowledge of doll identification and restoration.
She is survived by her cat, Maurice, prominent as “The Best Cat in Washington, DC., Yes he is.”
A private graveside service was held April 16, 2020 at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.
To Bonnie and all Mary’s other relatives in GA - my sympathy and my thanks.
- Carol Pufalt , St Louis , MO
We were so sorry to learn of Mary's death during Holy Week, but she was a fighter and can rest now in the arms of God. We were doll lovers together and also worked with Mary at the Maryland Historical Society. Our prayers are with her friends and family. Donna
- Donna & Michael Williams, Baltimore, Maryland
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary's family and friends; her suffering has ended and she will be sorely missed when we gather at our next doll show.
- Donna & Mike Williams , Baltimore, Maryland
I lost a dear friend of 25 years. We had numerous adventures. We had a lot in common as we both were born in 1952. Back then life was simpler, and childhood holidays were magical. Halloween and Christmas were our favorites and were recreated with our vignettes, made from our vintage collections. Mary was a very talented artist and photographer. She could design outfits for her dolls, repair them and paint faces when there was none. In fact she would always want a basket doll, one, which needed repair, rather than a perfect one. She had exceptional knowledgeable about dolls, antiques and art. I enjoyed antiquing with her and going to doll shows, and along the way I learned from her. Every year in Oct. we went to a doll show in Pa. We went while she was going thru cancer treatments, and my surgeries. We never missed one. Last year we stayed overnight and went to two different shows-a Halloween/ antique show and the doll show and numerous antique stores on the trip back. Mary was finding many items on her bucket list and was extremely happy when she did. When she left us her dinning room table had dolls lined up for her to create her magic on them. She seemed to be doing exceptional well considering her diagnosis. She had so much more she wanted to accomplish in this life. It was such a shock to hear she had passed, but I take comfort knowing now she is with her friend Chris flying high above the clouds. I want to extend my sympathy to her cousin Bonnie and all her other cousins. If there is anything I can help with please contact me.
- Anne Blackburn Suznick, Parkville, Md
- Katie Altic, Springfield, Missouri
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A private burial will be held