Margaret Child Ink, at the age of 87, passed away in Rockville, Maryland on May 21, 2012. She had been living independently in her Condominium in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was born December 5, 1924 in Grinnell, Iowa to Carl and Blanche Child. Margaret graduated from Iowa State University in 1947, majoring in sociology. She married Dwight Ink that year. After graduation she served as a counselor for troubled children at the Minneapolis Vinc Day Center and provided counseling for young women through the YWCA at North Dakota State University before concentrating on raising five children of her own. They eventually settled on the Maryland side of Washington, DC in 1955.
Margaret performed with the Arlington Symphony and with the National Symphony Orchestra for several years, including the orchestra’s inaugural concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in 1971. She also taught flute for many years. She frequently played the piccolo solo at performances of the Stars and Stripes at 4th of July celebrations. She worked for the Rockville County Executive Office from 1979 until 2008, finally retiring at age 83. She loved children, music, Ocean City, pets, and shopping at the mall.
Margaret is survived by her five children and their spouses - Stephen (and Sharon) of San Jose, California, Bruce (and Jean) of Taylors, South Carolina, Lawrence (and Hannah) of Beltsville, Maryland, Barbara (and Tony) of Hertfordshire, England, and Lauri of Minneapolis, Minnesota, her five grandchildren - Brian, Bethany, Michael, Carla, and Nicholas, and one great grandchild – Cameron.
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