Elizabeth Ann Silliman, 89, longtime volunteer

January 05, 2003

Elizabeth Ann Peterson Silliman, a longtime volunteer, died Wednesday of heart failure at Roland Park Place in Baltimore. She was 89.

Born Elizabeth Ann Peterson and raised in Duluth, Minn., she earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1935 from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

She taught high school English for several years in Bloomer, Wis., before marrying her childhood sweetheart, Robert M. Silliman, in 1938. Two years later, they moved to Washington.

During World War II, the Sillimans lived in Boston while Mr. Silliman worked at Harvard University. They returned to Washington after the war, remaining there until about 10 years ago, when they moved to Maryland.

Her husband, a former Federal Communications Commission engineer, died in 2000.

Mrs. Silliman volunteered in various capacities: She taught children about art at the National Gallery of Art, volunteered for a decade at the National Cathedral and spent 40 years making baby clothes with her sewing circle for Florence Crittenton Services, which aids pregnant adolescents in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Congregational Church, 23 Park St., New Canaan, Conn.

Mrs. Silliman is survived by three daughters, Dana Kline of Pittsburgh, Mary Gibson of Baltimore and Jean Albrecht of Marietta, Ohio; a son, Thomas Silliman of Evansville, Ind.; a brother, John Peterson of Carbondale, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Florence Crittenton Services, 3110 Crittenton Place, Baltimore 21211.

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