Elmira S. Markline, 89, appliance business owner

December 29, 2003

Elmira S. Markline, who co-owned a bottled gas and appliance business in Harford County, died at Mariner Health of Forest Hill on Friday after a long illness following a hip fracture. She was 89.

Born Elmira Sutton in White Hall, she left school after the seventh grade to help on her family's farm. Later, she stacked shelves at Markline's Grocery Store, where she met her husband, Ross Edward Markline, who died in 1987.

In 1931, Mr. Markline started Super-Therm Gas Inc. After their marriage in 1935, Mrs. Markline helped run the company, working as long as 17-hour days keeping the books on its 5,000 customers.

In 1972, the couple sold the business, which they ran from their house, and moved to Aberdeen. She then taught Sunday school at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Jarrettsville. She also volunteered at Harford Memorial Hospital and with Meals on Wheels.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at McComas Funeral Home, 50 West Broadway, Bel Air.

She is survived by daughters Bettie Markline Clark of Phoenix, Bonnie Jean Cleaver of Reisterstown, Martha Ross Spice of Jarrettsville and Patricia Jones of New Freedom, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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