Elizabeth E. Mullaney, 80, homemaker

May 25, 2006

Elizabeth E. Mullaney, a homemaker and Stella Maris Hospice volunteer, died of pneumonia Friday at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium. She was 80.

She was born Elizabeth Enoch in Philadelphia and moved with her family to Baltimore's Hamilton section in 1929. After graduating in 1934 from Seton High School, she took a job as a secretary at Rustless Iron & Steel Co. in East Baltimore.

She married Joseph E. Mullaney in 1947, after he proposed to her under Auguste Rodin's The Thinker statue, then on the base of the entrance steps to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The couple lived in Hamilton until 1967, when they moved to Stevenson Lane in Towson. They were both active members of the Highlandtown Exchange Club and Hillendale Country Club.

After her youngest child entered the first grade in 1972, Mrs. Mullaney entered the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor's degree, and in 1984 a master's degree.

She maintained a lifelong interest in architecture and art history. She also traveled extensively and enjoyed vacationing at a second home in Ocean City.

After the 1985 death of her husband, who was the founder and owner of Baltimore Machine & Equipment Co., Mrs. Mullaney became a volunteer at Stella Maris in Timonium, where she was a Eucharistic minister and worked in the bereavement program.

"I can't remember my mother without a book or a crossword puzzle in her hand, or her holiday dinners that she served on her hand-sewn, cross-stitch tablecloths," said a daughter, Patricia M. Pratt of Roland Park.

She was a parishioner at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, where a funeral Mass was offered yesterday.

Also surviving are a son, Joseph J. Mullaney of Cambridge; four other daughters, Jean M. Jacobs of Dunkirk, Susan M. Mullaney of St. Michaels, Carol M. Tewksbury of Green Harbor, Mass., and Eileen M. Goldsmith of Owings Mills; two brothers, John Enoch and Joseph Enoch, both of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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