Mary Frances Hayden passed away peacefully on Friday, July 11 from respiratory failure at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was ninety-two years old and a long-time resident of Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown. She was the daughter of Frank and Caroline Hodgkin.
She loved to tell stories about her trips to Griffith Stadium to watch the Senators play and shopping at Ida’s Department Store. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1941. During World War II, she worked as a secretary in the Department of War. In 1949, she married Roger Alexander Hayden, also a Washingtonian and a veteran of World War II. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Potomac, then to a farm in Poolesville. She and her husband operated Congressional Title Company for over forty years on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington just above Friendship Heights.
After her husband’s death in 1991, she first moved to Crestwood Village in Frederick and then to Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown. Mary and her family have been active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Shrine in Barnesville for over fifty years. She professed to be a Baptist all of the years of her membership in the church and was known as the best “Baptist/Catholic” in the community. She received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the age of ninety, bringing her fully into the church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Alexander Hayden, and her only sibling, Charles H. Hodgkin, who was killed on the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. Mary is survived by her son Roger (Roddy) Alexander Hayden, II, his wife Diane, and their children Caroline Jean Hayden, Elizabeth Mary Hayden, and Roger (Alex) Alexander Hayden, III of Poolesville. She is also survived by her daughter Charlotte Gale Baker and Charlotte’s two children Christina Baker Mauldin of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Jason Baker of Hagerstown, Maryland; and two great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Shrine, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838.