Elizabeth D. Pindell, 88, dairy co-owner, homemaker

June 16, 2006

Elizabeth Denison Pindell, a homemaker and former co-owner of a dairy business, died of respiratory failure Saturday at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community, where she had lived since 2003. She was 88.

Elizabeth Hammond Cromwell Denison was born in Baltimore and raised at her family's Hill House Farm on York Road in Timonium. She was a 1936 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon that year.

She owned a horse, Play 'Em, which she rode years ago to visit friends. Family members said Mrs. Pindell competed in a 1940s Powder Puff Preakness, a 5-furlong exhibition race for female riders.

Mrs. Pindell assisted her brother, Robert Denison, in moving a family-owned dairy from Hill House Farm to a 25-acre Cockeysville tract at York and Ashland roads in the 1950s. She and other family members operated the dairy and its homemade ice cream snack bar for several years until selling the business to Cloverland. They retained the land and developed the York Road frontage for retail businesses.

Mrs. Pindell played cards with the Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club for more than 50 years. In later years, she became part of two other groups of bridge players made up of her classmates from Notre Dame Prep.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the Stella Maris Chapel.

Survivors include two sons, Peter Rozel McGill Jr. of Sparks and Charles Carroll Denison McGill of Upperco; two daughters, Elizabeth Pindell Blue of Butler and Rebecca Pindell Ford of Stoneleigh; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Her 1935 marriage to Peter Rozel McGill ended in divorce. Her husband of 37 years, Arthur Yellott Pindell Jr., died in 1987.

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