Grace C Carney

Grace C Carney

Grace Craycroft Carney obituary

  • Washington, D.C.

Grace Craycroft Carney, 93, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Annapolis, died of a heart attack at her home Monday after a brief illness.

A native of Aquasco, Mrs. Carney was descended from the third proprietary and the first Protestant governor of Maryland, William Stone. She was married in 1918 to then Navy Ensign Robert B. Carney, now a retired four-star admiral and former chief of naval operations. The couple lived in Annapolis in the 1920's.

She was active in the Navy Relief during World War II and continued serving on the local advisory board. She also joined the Society of Sponsors, composed of women who have christened Navy ships.

After the war, she accompanied her husband to Europe. She attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as a guest of England's Royal Navy. The couple then lived in Naples, Italy.

Mrs. Carney also was a member of the Colonial Dames and the Georgetown Garden Club. Her interests included Oriental art, theater, sailing and collecting cookbooks.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Betty Carney Taussig of Annapolis; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She also was the mother of Marine General Robert B. Carney Jr., who died in 1983.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fort Myer Chapel with burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home in Washington.