Services for Elsie Irene Beaver, who had owned antique stores in Baltimore and Harrisburg, Pa., will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.
Mrs. Beaver, who was 78 and lived on South Highland Avenue, died of cancer Tuesday at the Forest Haven Nursing and Convalescent Home in Catonsville.
She moved to Highlandtown in 1979 after her retirement as owner for 12 years of Capitol Antiques in Harrisburg.
Before moving to Pennsylvania, she had owned Elsie's Antique Cellar in Baltimore for about 13 years, first on Pratt Street near Monroe Street and later on Madison Street near the Howard Street Antique Row area.
Her shops specialized in glassware, which she also displayed and sold at antiques shows from New York to Florida.
The former Elsie Irene James was born in southwestern Virginia and came to Baltimore during World War II, when she worked at a shipyard. Before starting her business, she also worked for McCormick & Co.
She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Postell of Baltimore; two sons, Robert Joseph Duncan of Ocala, Fla., and Ivin Quinn of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.; four sisters, Mayrene Moran of Ridgeway, Va., Bessie Harris of Norfolk, Va., and Hallie Scott and Dora Thompson, both of Martinsville, Va.; a brother, Milton James of North Carolina; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.