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Anita Dorothea (Frock) Kemp

November 10, 1928 ~ September 4, 2021 (age 92)


Anita “Neets” Dorothea Kemp (nee Frock), 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Born on November 10, 1928 in Baltimore, MD to Wilbur and Emilie Frock (nee Gleitsman). Married to Irvin F. Kemp Jr. on August 30, 1947 until his death in 2010. She is survived by her daughters: Sandra Kemp, Susan Dumler (Michael), Denise Smith (Michael), Cheryl Guariglia (Vince), Terri lee Klatt, Wendy Engelhaupt (Kurt), grandchildren Michelle McKeever (nee Dumler) (Joel), Christopher Smith, Adam and Emily Engelhaupt, Andrew Smith, sister, Doretta Flury, various nieces and nephews, and her best friend Mona Lee Bretall. She was predeceased by her daughter Holly Smith in 2007. Anita worked for the C&P telephone company as a telephone operator before becoming a mother to seven daughters. She was very involved in her daughters’ schools through volunteering, substituting, and working for the PTA, eventually becoming an officer in the Maryland PTA. Her interests included sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and reading. An accomplished seamstress, she created beautiful holiday dresses and costumes for her daughters. She also sewed items for the Parkville Junior High School chorus and cheerleading uniforms for the Parkville Senior High School cheerleading squads. Anita loved making crafts and giving them to family and friends. She was often described as caring, selfless, kind, loving, and giving. Always ready with a kind word, it was quite common for her to approach a stranger just to compliment them. She truly enjoyed making others happy. She was a trend-setter in that she walked everywhere since she didn’t have a driver’s license; her explanation being that she was always too pregnant to learn how to drive. Every year, Anita, along with her daughters and granddaughter, looked forward to designing and decorating a tree for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. She and her daughters were honored to be recognized as the Volunteers of the Year for Kennedy Krieger in 2008.  Her greatest accomplishments were her daughters and her involvement in the PTA. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at Highview Memorial Gardens (; check website for updates on date and time. Memorial donations may be made to the Kennedy Krieger Institute (; or by mail: Kennedy Krieger Foundation, Attention: Office of Philanthropy, 707 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD  21205).


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