Esther Felter Mallonee, teacher

August 31, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Esther Felter Mallonee, a retired teacher and homemaker and one of the first residents to move into Broadmead in 1979, died Aug. 18 of emphysema at the Cockeysville retirement community. She was 88.

Born in Washington, D.C., she moved as a child to Groveland Avenue in Baltimore's West Arlington neighborhood where she spent the next 73 years of her life until she retired in 1979.

She was a 1924 graduate of the old Friends School on Park Avenue, where she was known for her prowess in basketball and field hockey. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Swarthmore College in 1928, and began teaching the second and third grades at the Park School that fall.

She married C. Gardner Mallonee in 1932 and left teaching to raise a family. Mr. Mallonee, a former athletic director and coach at the Johns Hopkins University and later football and lacrosse coach at Forest Park High School, died in 1980.

In 1956, after rearing her six children, she returned to teaching in the lower school at Park and retired in 1970.

Sarah Feivold, a third-grade teacher at Park since 1969, remembered her as being "very talented in all areas. She loved children and was very soft-spoken and had the ability when speaking to a child to make them feel as if they were the only child in the room. She really paid attention to her students and was very warm with them."

A son, Charles G. Mallonee 2nd of Mount Washington, remembered her as a person who "loved people -- she really collected them."

"She was the queen bee of the neighborhood, and she used to hold court at her dining room table of her Groveland Avenue residence," the son said. "She held her Wednesday Nighters, as she called them, and the neighbors streamed in to visit and chat. She began her Wednesday evening gatherings where she served dessert and conversation in the early 1930s and continued them until she moved to Broadmead."

Mrs. Mallonee was also remembered for her wit and ability to come up with appropriate phrases for a variety of occasions. "She was so witty and charming," said the son. "One piece of advice she used to dispense was, 'Do your best. Angels can do no more.' "

A voracious reader and knitter, she was able to "read a book, knit and smoke, all at the same time," said the son.

Mrs. Mallonee was a member of the Park Avenue Friends Meeting, which is now the Stony Run Meeting on North Charles Street. She was also a member of the Hopkins Faculty Club.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville.

Survivors include another son, Stephen H. Mallonee of Baltimore; three daughters, Sara G. M. Gutierrez of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Georgene M. Elliott and Charlotte M. Ashman, both of Baltimore; a brother, Haines B. Felter of Broadmead; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her oldest child, Esther M. Bard, died in 1965.

Memorial donations may be made to the Esther Mallonee Fund, c/o The Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Brooklandville 21022.

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