Mary Arleen Ankeney

March 25, 1943March 10, 2018

Mary Arleen Ankeney March 25, 1943 – March 10, 2018 Mary Arleen Ankeney (nee Remic), 74, of Bowie, MD, died in a tragic accident on March 10, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Theodore Jay Ankeney and was widowed in 2017 after 52 years of marriage. She was the loving mother of two daughters, Rachel Thorn (Robert) and Alison Boyer (Michael) and the loving grandmother of Nicholas and Ian Boyer—all in the Seattle area. Arleen was born in Greensburg, PA, to Arthur Herman and Elizabeth Dorothy (Berardinelli) Remic and was the middle child of 3 daughters. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth Kral (James) of Surprise, AZ/Steamboat Springs, CO, and Phyllis Saletta (Gary) of Irwin, PA. She graduated from Franklin Area Joint High School in Murrysville, PA, in 1961. After graduation, she worked during the day while attending night classes at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1965, Arleen married her high school sweetheart, Ted, during his senior year of college. After graduation, they moved to Maryland where she took administrative jobs at the United States Department of Agriculture and then NASA. She later started her own business, Public Secretariat. After several years raising her two young daughters, Arleen returned to school. In 1985, she earned a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Honor Society, and Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Journalism Scholarship Society. After graduation, she started a career in public relations and eventually founded the consulting firm, Ankeney & Associates. Arleen was a member of the Goddard Garden Club for over 20 years and held several offices, including president. More recently, she joined the Paint Branch Garden Club. She was an avid flower arranger and won many awards for her designs. She was also active in the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs, serving as the president of District I, as well as the editor of the quarterly newsletter. She was involved in her community as the founder and president of the Woodlark Civic Association.

Memorial to be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15th, 2018 Blue Heron Center Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Road Annapolis, MD 21403


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018

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Carol Dallesandro

May 23, 2018

Arlene is a precious memory of thoughtfulness and understanding in my time of stress... I hope I was in hers when I visited her at her home after Ted’s passing... we spent hours together having lunch and talking about her grief over her beloved’s death and her plans to go on without Ted... now they are together no doubt and for that I am thankful for the Lord’s mercy and love... I wish many blessings to her daughters and her family.

Elizabeth Kral Kral

April 29, 2018

My sister, Mary Arleen Remic Ankeney, was physically beautiful and inwardly genuine. She will never be forgotten.

Leslie Parreco

March 19, 2018

Arleen was a treasured friend for 51 years. I cannot believe she is no longer with us but I take comfort that she and Ted are together again. I am so very sad that I will not be able to enjoy her wonderful sense of humor and her creative dishes she made for me on many occasions. Until we meet again my dear friend.

Cynthia Ray

March 15, 2018

I pray that the peace of our Lord and the love of family and friends will comfort you during this time of grief. I did not know your loved one, but on Saturday afternoon, it was her elegance and beauty that caught my attention as she entered the crosswalk.

William A. Barnes III, Ph.D

March 14, 2018

Wednesday Evening, 9:31 p.m., March 14, 2018

We will miss Arlene as a neighbor from the old neighborhood of Woodlark subdivision in Lanham, Maryland. We stopped many times at the old Maryland Book Store to purchase text books from Ted, Arlene's husband over many, many years. Both Arlene and Ted's shadows will certainly be missed by many of us from the old neighborhood.

Lania Smith

March 14, 2018

I just want the Family to know the day of the incident customers was by her side to hold her hand and to keep her warm. I was very upset because I did not know until Monday the outcome. At the time of the moment she felt like she was my family member . I will keep the family in my prayers.