Doris Elliott Beer, a former employee in the office of Maryland's attorney general and a volunteer, died of kidney failure Wednesday at her granddaughter's home in Gordonsville, Va. She was 89.
The longtime Guilford resident, who had lived in Gordonsville since 1996, was born Doris Elliott in Baltimore. She was raised in Forest Park and was a 1931 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1934 from the State Normal School, now Towson University.
During the 1930s, she worked as a model in New York and Chicago before returning in 1939 to Baltimore. That year, she married Eugene Henry Beer Jr., a grain broker, who died in 1977.
From 1971 until retiring in 1989, Mrs. Beer worked in the attorney general's office in the opinions department.
Mrs. Beer was a former chairwoman and board member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Women's Association of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She also served on the committee of the first Heart Ball, and had served as chairwoman of the Maryland Children's Aid Society's "Baby Lift" program.
In addition, she had volunteered at Bryn Mawr School and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she was a communicant.
Mrs. Beer was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Maryland Yacht Club and Gibson Island Club.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.
Mrs. Beer is survived by a son, Eugene H. Beer III of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Sally B. Murray of Baltimore and Susan B. Browne of Boca Grande, Fla.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
More obituaries, next page