Ellen M. Hart, 80, schoolteacher, volunteer for many organizations

February 28, 2005|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Ellen M. Hart, a Baltimore elementary school teacher for 36 years and a tireless volunteer for many organizations, died Feb. 21 of complications from pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The Hunt Valley resident was 80.

Ms. Hart had planned a celebration of her life, which was attended by hundreds at Baltimore Country Club on Friday.

Born in East Baltimore, her life was marked by a spirit of generosity and a devotion to all things Baltimore, said her daughter Ellen Atkinson of Rodgers Forge.

"She was a woman who loved hats and smiles," said Mrs. Atkinson. At her 80th birthday party in July, Ms. Hart celebrated with her guests by telling stories, eating steamed crabs and having a cold beer.

"Mom drew great strength from her faith, family and friends," her daughter said.

A graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Ms. Hart graduated from Towson State Teachers College in 1946. She later earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University. She taught first and second grade at many public schools in Baltimore, retiring in 1982.

Her energy continued unabated in retirement, her daughter said, as she helped neighbors and friends in need and worked as a volunteer for charitable organizations.

For many years, Ms. Hart volunteered for the Boy and Girl Scouts, tutored in a women's prison literacy program and served meals at the Beans and Bread Outreach Center in Baltimore. She made more than 30 quilts for children born with HIV/AIDS.

"Mom did these things quietly. She didn't like attention brought to herself," Ms. Atkinson said.

Ms. Hart was a regular reader of newspapers, enjoyed conversations about politics and liked hosting luncheons for her friends.

Her other interests included playing Scrabble and bridge, and working crossword puzzles.

Her 28-year marriage to Robert Bump of Baltimore ended in divorce in 1974.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at the Roman Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include another daughter, Theresa B. Clower of Newark, Del.; four sons, Robert L. Bump of Barrytown, N.Y., Laurence G. Bump of Los Angeles, Christopher J. Bump of Vernon, N.J., and Thomas C. Bump of Gardner, Mass.; a sister, Peggy H. Hubbell of Arlington, Va.; 26 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Another son, Edward R. Bump, died in 1983.

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