Elean M. McKee, 86

Baltimore artist

July 22, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Elean M. McKee, a longtime Baltimore artist, died of congestive heart failure Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The former longtime Hamilton resident was 86.

Elean Margaret Rider was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea. She was a 1940 graduate of Kenwood High School and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

While attending the Maryland Institute, she met her future husband, Edward J. "Mac" McKee. The couple married in 1945.

Mr. McKee, whose 35-year career at the Baltimore Sun Co. included heading the universal art department that served The Sun, The Evening Sun and Sunday Sun, died in 1999.

During World War II, Mrs. McKee worked as a commercial artist for Montgomery Ward & Co. on Washington Boulevard, and later for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. from 1945 to 1946.

Mrs. McKee continued painting landscapes in oils and taking classes at the Maryland Institute. She and her husband enjoyed traveling on the Eastern Shore.

Mrs. McKee lived in Hamilton for more than 50 years until moving to a daughter's home in Carney two years ago.

She was a longtime communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, where she edited and designed the church bulletin for 25 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at her church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas R. McKee of Hampton, Va., and Charles E. McKee of Catonsville; five daughters, Marcia A. McKee and Dolores J. McKee, both of Baltimore, Audrey M. Johns of Rosedale, and Alice K. Wilcox and Rita L. Denbow, both of Carney; two sisters, Margaret Sanner of Perry Hall and Germaine Laughton of Rockville; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

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