Elizabeth N. Brocklander, 86, telephone operator

August 16, 2002

Elizabeth Nolley Brocklander, a longtime Bolton Hill resident who worked at Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland for 35 years, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 86.

Elizabeth Nolley grew up with five brothers in Bolton Hill, graduating from Seton High School in 1934.

She took a job that year as an operator with C&P Telephone and was supervising other operators by the time she retired in 1969. In 1941, she married John J. Brocklander, chief engineer at Goetze's Candy Co. Inc.

The couple bought several homes in the Bolton Hill area in the 1950s and 1960s and spent countless hours after work renovating them, said a nephew, Edmond B. Nolley Jr. of Homeland.

"After their regular jobs they'd go and knock down ceilings and walls," Mr. Nolley said.

They resold the properties as apartment buildings. They saved the money and retired to the tropics in 1969.

"They took those proceeds and banked them and moved to St. Croix," Mr. Nolley said. "It was paradise."

Mr. Brocklander died in 1988. Mrs. Brocklander moved to Keswick in 2000.

Private services were being planned at Keswick.

In addition to her nephew, Mrs. Brocklander is survived by nine nieces.

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