Elizabeth C. Earley, a retired administrative assistant who volunteered for more than 20 years with Hospice of the Chesapeake and was co-chairwoman with her husband of a fund-raising regatta, died of respiratory failure Friday at her Severna Park home. She was 83.
Elizabeth Clifford was born in Ronceverte, W.Va., and raised there and in Washington. She later attended Anne Arundel Community College.
Mrs. Earley worked during the 1940s for the Bureau of Printing and Engraving and later as an administrative assistant for the Social Security Administration and Navy.
She worked in a similar capacity for the Maryland Department of Economic Development from 1956 until 1961.
She was married in 1939 to Joseph P. Earley, an SSA attorney who died in 2001.
Mrs. Earley and her husband volunteered with the Hospice of the Chesapeake, visiting the terminally ill. In addition, they led the annual Hospice Cup Regatta, which raises funds for Maryland and Virginia hospice organizations. She was also a founding member of the auxiliary of Hospice of the Chesapeake. In recognition of the couple's efforts, the Joseph P. and Elizabeth C. Earley Foundation was established at Hospice of the Chesapeake.
She was also a Red Cross blood bank volunteer and enjoyed traveling.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8249 Jumpers Hole Road, Millersville.
Mrs. Earley is survived by two sons, Joseph P. Earley Jr. of Glen Burnie and Stephen C. Earley of Salisbury; a daughter, Mary Wilkins of Arlington, Texas; two sisters, Mollie Clifford Bowling of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and Anna Bell Crawford of Reidsville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.