Christhilf, Alice S.

April 30, 2004

ALICE SAFFELL CHRISTHILF, mother, educator and author, died on April 16, 2004 at Charlestown Retirement Community. Born in 1906, she was the youngest of six children of Francis Glenn and Mary Owings Saffell of Berryman's Lane, Reisterstown. Her recollections of her farm childhood and her family have been recorded in her book, "Memories-Saffell Family 1866-1990" which has been accepted by the Library of Congress as being a unique presentation of farm life during that period. Her nickname from those years of "Missie" stayed with her all of her life. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1924 and earned her Teaching Certificate from Towson Normal School in 1926. She taught elementary school subjects at various Baltimore County Schools for 26 years and also taught for ten years at the Children's Rehabilitation Institute in Reisterstown. During these years, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Towson State University through studies at night and during summer vacations, graduating in 1966. She retired in June 30, 1974. After graduation from Towson Normal School, she married Ralph M. Sipes of Baldwin, Maryland. He died tragically of encephilitis soon after their marriage and before the birth of their son. In 1935, she married again to Edward Wallace Christhilf (Chris), a high school friend. They were happily married for fifty eight years until his death in 1993. Their retirement years were spent in restoration of a colonial farm near Gettysburg. Mrs. Christhilf is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Beryl Sipes of Canberra, Australia; two grandsons, Paul and Geoffrey Sipes; four great-granddaughters and a sister-in-laws, Isabelle Christhilf Cullison and Betty Christhilf as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sisters Mollie Saffell Eyler, Nellie Saffell Hale and Daisy Saffell Gore and brothers Dr. James Glenn Saffell, Sr., and William Headington Saffell. Services were held on April 23, 2004. Arrangements by Eline Funeral Home, P.A.

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