Elaine Hamlet, 87, store telephone operator

September 15, 2004

Elaine Hamlet, a retired department store telephone operator, died of complications from a fall Sept. 8 at the Harmony Hall nursing home in Columbia. She was 87 and had lived in Lochearn for 57 years.

Born Elaine Gwendolyn Adams in Frederick and raised in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill, she was a 1934 graduate of Eastern High School.

She worked as a Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. operator, and later at Reisterstown Road Plaza in sales for Hecht Co. and as a phone operator for the Stewart's department store. She retired about 22 years ago.

Mrs. Hamlet enjoyed playing the piano and did crochet and needlepoint work. She also gardened.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lochearn Presbyterian Church, Patterson Avenue and Wildwood Drive, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Raye Hamlet of Catonsville; four daughters, Vickie Diane Karlinchak of Forest Hill, Debra Elaine Hamlet of Tigard, Ore., Janice Marsha Hamlet of Delray Beach, Fla., and Judy Darlene Eldredge of Ipswich, Mass.; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 59 years, Raymond W. Hamlet, a Bond Bakery salesman, died in 1996.

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