Colin RobertsonMary Dawson LeeKilled in fireServices for...

January 31, 1995

Colin Robertson

Mary Dawson Lee

Killed in fire

Services for Colin Mackenzie Robertson and his wife, the former Mary Dawson Lee, who were killed in a fire early Saturday at their home in the North Baltimore community known as the Orchards, were set for 1:30 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

They were 68 and had moved about 15 years ago from Roland Park to St. Georges Road near Charles Street.

Mr. Robertson retired about three years ago as personnel manager for Churchill Distributors, the wholesale liquor company for which he had worked for about 15 years. Earlier, he had been an executive of Black & Decker US Inc.

A native of New York City who was reared there and in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and attended Hampden-Sydney College and Loyola College. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Since his retirement, he had worked part time as a driver for Jimmy's Cab Co. in Towson because of his love for people and conversation, according to family members.

Mrs. Robertson was a Baltimore native and a charter member of the Perennial Garden Club. She was a member of the Junior League.

They are survived by two daughters, Frances R. Connelly of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mollie R. Shea of Ellicott City; three sons, Colin M. Robertson Jr. of Annapolis and Dawson Lee Robertson and James Tyson Robertson, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Robertson is also survived by two sisters, Frances L. Miller and Elizabeth L. Nolley, both of Baltimore.

Mr. Robertson is also survived by a brother, Harrison M. Robertson of Baltimore and Palm Beach, Fla., and a sister, Bowie R. Carpenter of Washington.

Rachel Trexler Ellis

Portrait artist

Rachel Trexler Ellis, a portrait artist, died Friday of cancer at her Annapolis residence. She was 71.

She employed pastels, water colors and oils to create the portraits of children, which were her specialty.

Born and reared in Salisbury, N.C., she was a graduate of schools there and earned her bachelor's degree in 1944 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., where she was May Queen and a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority.

After college, she studied portraiture at the Art Students League of New York.

In 1945, she married George F. Ellis Jr. and accompanied the career Navy officer to his various assignments, including Japan, France, Belgium, Scotland, Washington, Norfolk, Va., and Charleston, S.C. Her husband, a retired rear admiral, survives her.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today at St. Andrews Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Other survivors include a son, George F. Ellis III of Savannah, Ga.; and a daughter, Susan Snyder of Annapolis.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Anne Arundel County, Franklin and Cathedral streets, Annapolis 21401.

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