Janie Alice James Elliott, 72, auditor, civic activist

October 15, 2004

Janie Alice James Elliott, an auditor and Harford County civic activist, died of leukemia Oct. 8 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Forest Hill resident was 72.

Born Janie Alice James in the tenant house on her family's Harford County dairy farm, she lived most of her life there on Boggs Road. Family members said that she grew up in the Depression and worked on the family farm, where, as she said, "every little hand could contribute something."

She was a 1949 graduate of Bel Air High School and earned a business administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

After living briefly in Panama, she returned to Harford County and bought back a portion of the family farm, which her father had sold to developers. She restored what had become an abandoned farmhouse and preserved the surviving 19 acres.

Mrs. Elliott retired about seven years ago as a senior auditor for the federal Defense Contractors Audit Agency in Hunt Valley, where she worked for two decades.

She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and prepared tax returns for the elderly for free. She was also active with the Democratic Party in Harford County, the League of Women Voters and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

She was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fallston, at Vale Road and Route 152, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include a son, O. Barry Elliott II of Forest Hill; three daughters, Robin Sarracino of Endicott, N.Y., Elizabeth Fox of Virginia Beach, Va., and Janie Atkins of Victoria, Va.; three brothers, Richard Allen James of Annapolis, Kenneth James of Bedford, Pa., and Joseph James of Baltimore; two sisters, Elizabeth Wellborn of Greenbelt and Anne Duncan of Pawleys Island, S.C.; and 11 grandchildren. A marriage ended in divorce.

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