Elsie Y. Meledin, 81, certified public accountant

April 29, 2004

Elsie Y. Meledin, a retired certified public accountant, died of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at the Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. The former Ellicott City resident was 81.

She was born and raised Elsie Young in the Carroll County community of Wakefield Valley on her family's dairy farm. She attended the county's old one-room Morelock School, and graduated in 1939 from New Windsor High School.

Mrs. Meledin studied accounting at the University of Baltimore and passed the Maryland CPA exam in 1947.

"She was among the first two dozen women to become members of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and took an active role in that organization throughout her professional career," said her daughter, Louise Young Meledin, a Towson attorney and CPA.

Mrs. Meledin, an expert in auditing real estate development companies, practiced for more than 30 years with the Baltimore firm of Isaac & Isaac, retiring in 1984.

She enjoyed attending the opera, symphony and theater, and was an avid golfer and gardener.

She was a member of St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church, 700 Krider's Cemetery Road, Westminster, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Mrs. Meledin is also survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry L. Meledin, a retired vice president of Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co.; a sister, Goldie Mae Young Burk of Pleasant Valley, Carroll County; and many nieces and nephews.

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