Margaret Creighton Carty

November 10, 1938February 4, 2021

Margaret Creighton Carty, age 82, of Annapolis MD passed away on 04 Feb 2021 in Annapolis MD due to medical complications. She was born 10 Nov 1938 in San Diego, CA, to RADM Liles Walker Creighton and Alice Starkey Creighton and lived the life of a Naval family moving around the country with a home base in Houlton ME where the family would go to during her father’s long deployments. Margaret lived a robust life attending the University of Maine and graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Social Work and later in life graduating from the University of Maryland with a MGA in Management. She led a varied career as social worker, Naval Officer (1960-1964), administrator at Building Owners and Management Institute (BOMI), and finally as the Executive Director of the Maryland Library Association where she touched the lives of many and was a pre-eminent advocate for libraries in Maryland. Among her many accomplishments and recognitions was being recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2013.

Margaret raised three boys instilling a sense of honor and service, reinvented herself several times overcoming adversity all while maintaining a positive outlook and approach to life. A consummate volunteer, she enjoyed traveling, sharing her experiences with other people, attending Navy football games and had an amazing capacity to maintain friendships over many years and across broad geographic distances.

Margaret is survived by her sons John Joseph Carty, Jr. and spouse Frances Monagan Carty; William West Carty and spouse Madeleine Bell Carty; grandchildren Laura Carty, John (Jack) Carty III, Charles Carty and George (Hugh) Carty; sister Alice Creighton; brothers Liles Creighton, and Charles Creighton. She was pre-deceased by the father of her children John Joseph Carty, Sr. and son Creighton Romig Carty. A private graveside service is being held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis MD. A celebration of life will be held at a future date when COVID restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make donations in Memory of Margaret to the Cary Library in Houlton, ME. The Cary Library has long been a favorite charity for Margaret and the Creighton family.

Margaret was a wonderful mother and friend that will be sorely missed by all.


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Catherine Creighton Martin

February 14, 2021

You inspired me to enjoy life to its fullest and embrace every challenge as an opportunity. I’m grateful for your presence in my life. I especially enjoyed our late night talks (often with Glennor) over a bottle of wine. Those moments were so deep and bonding. Thank you... You were always put together, sparing nothing to make moments special. One of my favorite memories was when you won a ping pong tournament at Blackwater Falls State Park
while dressed in a tartan skirt and pearls. I love you and will miss you.
Cathi (picture is of the family at the Cary Library in Maine)

Heather Distler

February 13, 2021

We are so grateful to have known your mom, sister, grandmother.... Our hearts are heavy for your loss and you are all in our prayers for comfort as you grieve. We also pray for joy in the knowledge of a life well lived and loved. Hugs and much love from all of us.

Monica McAbee

February 12, 2021

Although I have no special "Margaret" stories, I felt her influence deeply over my years of involvement in the Maryland Library Association. Her professionalism, dedication, kindness, patience, competence, and integrity helped to infuse the Association with purpose and energy. I will always, always remember her patient replies to my many questions, her straightforward leadership, and her indulgent smile whenever we nerdy librarians would crack a joke (pretty much all the time). My condolences to her family, friends, and fellow colleagues. May her spirit live on in all who knew her.

Glennor Shirley

February 11, 2021

I miss and will continue to miss you my dear friend Margaret. You were a devoted mother, grandmother, friend, and a person whose ethics and discipline resulted in all round respect from everyone who interacted with you.

Going to performances at the Annapolis Symphony, performances, on cruises will not be the same without you.

I know you will appreciate that I'm sending healing vibes to your beloved family.

Your pain is gone. You are at peace. REST IN PEACE my dear friend Margaret.

You will always be in my heart.

Robert Flanagan

February 9, 2021

To all her loved ones ... My sympathies ....Bob Flanagan

Antoinett wilson

February 8, 2021

Mrs Margaet

I will always like to see Miss Margaret she always had a beautiful smile in kinds words for me .I was her Custodial worker from the Pratt Library .She will tell me Antoinette I wish i could have you back because my building don't smell clean or look clean like you have it.I was just in her office yesterday decontaminating her office to make sure my girl was good .you rest peace wish I know you will be missed

Carol McNeill

February 8, 2021

To the Family sending my condolences. Mrs. Carty was friendly, pleasant to me I work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library for 46 years she was very helpful to me I was a member of the Maryland Library Association.

Barbara Hart

February 8, 2021

Margaret and I met and became roommates as Navy ensigns in Norfolk. While living together, we discovered that our families had been connected for decades—going back to her grandfather and mine who were friends in Spartanburg, SC.

Although my mother knew her father in high school, they were not classmates. Her dad left home to attend the US Naval Academy—the start of family members going to USNA. If women had been allowed in those days, I'm sure Margaret would have attended.

Margaret and I both married Marines and kept in contact over the years—attending weddings, birthday parties, and USNA football games. As director of the Maryland Library Assn., she invited me along on cruises of the Canadian Maritime Provinces and the Mediterranean.

Eric Carzon

February 8, 2021

I will miss Margaret's wisdom, humour, and charm, along with many of my current and former colleagues in Montgomery County Public Libraries. Margaret was a the center of so many good things happening in the Maryland public libraries world, from the establishment of millions of dollars in annual capital project contributions from the State to the support of MLA for new library students like myself, her work will endure for decades to come. So many owe her a debt of appreciation and gratitude. Thank you, and please know our thoughts and good wishes will be with you.

Kinshasa Vargas-Pile

February 8, 2021

My name is Kinshasa Vargas-Pile. I am a Branch Manager/ Librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library.

When I used to go to Neighborhood Library Services/ Maryland Library Association (MLA ) on Hollins Street , ( Baltimore, MD), I had the fortune to meet Ms. Margaret.
She always had a welcoming smile and had this Rolodex or card catalog in her head. One day, I was looking for a Library Manager/ Director to speak at our Manager's Retreat. I told her the subject and she named a person right away and pulled out the person's contact information right away.

That was not the only time that I asked her for information and she efficiently provided me with it. She was a kind and passionate about her work with MLA. We have lost a local hero and I am honored to have met her.

Peace and Blessings Ms. Margaret,