Elizabeth O. Hand, 85, artist, store window designer


July 13, 2006

Elizabeth O. "Betty" Hand, an artist and former department store window designer, died in her sleep Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Reisterstown resident was 85.

She was born Elizabeth Overstreet in Charleston, S.C., and raised in Spartanburg, S.C., and Miami before moving to Baltimore in the early 1940s.

Mrs. Hand lived in Mount Vernon while studying voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and attending Maryland Institute College of Art.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Hand painted murals and designed windows for the Stewart & Co. department store. She later became an accomplished portraitist.

A longtime Parkton resident, Mrs. Hand had lived in Reisterstown since 2001.

She was the sister of Joseph C. Overstreet, a retired Sun artist who died last year.

She was married for 27 years to Arthur N. Hand, a chemical engineer who died in 1972.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 through Aug. 12 in the chapel of St. Paul's School for Girls, 11232 Falls Road in Brooklandville, where many of Mrs. Hand's paintings will be exhibited.

Surviving are three sons, Arthur P. Hand of Waldorf, Paul V. Hand of Lively, Va., and Charles M. Hand of Towson; and a daughter, Marjorie H. Maguire of Timonium. Another son, Carter Hand, died last year.

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