Margaret B. Gross, 68

-APRIL 11, 2013

April 13, 2013
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Margaret Blaine Gross, 68, of Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at her home while under the care of Hospice of Washington County.

Peg, as she liked to be called, was the daughter of the late Margaret Lindsey Gross and William H. Gross of Charleston, W.Va.

Peg earned a bachelor of arts degree in applied music (organ) from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., and a master of social work degree from West Virginia University. She was a licensed clinical social worker-certified and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

An accomplished musician on cello, piano and organ, she pursued graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music in New York City. She had a long career as organist, assistant organist and choirmaster in numerous churches, including St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston. In her youth, she also was a member of the Charleston Youth Symphony.

She was employed as a social worker by numerous agencies in West Virginia. After her move to Maryland, she worked for the Maryland Department of Corrections at the Maryland Correctional Training Center and Roxbury Correctional Institution, where she was a social worker and counselor.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown and a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King. She served the church and the order in many capacities, including chair of the Organ Restoration Committee for a major restoration of the organ in the early 1990s. She loved being a part of the choir.

She is survived by numerous cousins, including Emma Lynne Reynolds of Philippi, W.Va., Frieda Crewdson of Tampa, Fla., and Alicia G. Tyler of South Charleston, W.Va. She also is survived by her longtime caregiver, Vicki Jenkins.

It was her wish to be cremated.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Her ashes will be interred in the columbarium at the church.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the music program at St. John's Episcopal Church.

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