Agnes M. 'Mac' McAvinue, homemaker

Agnes M. "Mac" McAvinue, a homemaker and peace activist who earlier had been a social worker and parochial school teacher, died Sept. 30 of respiratory failure at her Original Northwood home. She was 86.

Agnes Mary Graf, the daughter of Dr. Francis Graf, a dentist and football player who played for the forerunner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Agnes Mary Graf, who managed her husband's dental practice, was born and raised in Philadelphia.

After graduating from West Catholic High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Drexel University.

In 1951, she married John Patrick McAvinue, who later became the longtime spokesman for the Maryland State Health Department. He died in 1984.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. McAvinue worked as a social worker for the city Department of Social Services and later was a fifth-grade teacher at St. Ursula School in Parkville.

Along with her husband, Mrs. McAvinue was a longtime peace activist. She worked with Jonah House in the 1970s and was a leader in the local chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

"She had many passions, but among the foremost [was] addressing the needs of the poor, disaffected and marginalized in our society," said a daughter, Sharon McAvinue of Baltimore.

Mrs. McAvinue also volunteered at the House of Ruth and Viva House.

The longtime Original Northwood resident enjoyed playing Scrabble, reading and traveling. She was also an accomplished needleworker.

She was a communicant of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Northwood, where a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. McAvinue is survived by three sons, Chris McAvinue of Hereford, Tom McAvinue of Baltimore and Mike McAvinue of Plainfield, N.J.; two other daughters, Kate McAvinue of Baltimore and Peggy "Meg" Smyth of Santa Fe, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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