Behr, Elinore Abbott

July 19, 2006

On Friday, July 7th, Elinore Abbott Behr, locally celebrated artist and sculptor, died of natural causes in Myrtle Beach, SC. Also known as "Angel", Ellsinore was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1917. She resided in College Park, MD, for 55 years, where she was known for her unique and eclectic artwork. The consummate student, she studied art at the Maryland Institute of Art, The University of Maryland, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and at Prince George's Community College. Her desire for learning led her to an Associate in Arts degree at the age of 78. Her passion for art led her to teach and mentor many future artists as she was gifted with a natural ability to bestow upon children the ability to view the world through an artist's eye. Adept in all media, Angel focused much of her work on painting, pottery and sculpting, with many of her pieces reflecting her love of babies, children and the human race. The wife of the late Charles Nicholas Behr, Angel was also an avid badminton and tennis player. In 1940, she ranked 3rd in badminton nationally and was the Maryland State Singles champion for four years consecutively starting in 1937. She also held the title of District of Columbia Open Singles Champion in 1939 and in 1940 she and her sister Vivian Each won the title of Maryland State Doubles Champion. Predeceased by her sister Marion Fountain, she is survived by her brother Reid Abbott and wife Gloria, and her sisters, Vivian Veach and Dorothy Armstrong all of Baltimore, MD. She is also survived by her three daughters, Charlene Binley and husband Jim of Shallotte, NC, Pat Young and husband Dave of Churchton, MD, and Jo Ann Behr of Nampa, ID; nine grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 11 A.M. on Friday, July 14th at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that you honor Angel's life by making a donation in her name to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., I.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

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