Anne R. Ely, gardener and volunteer

October 26, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Anne R. Ely, an avid gardener and volunteer, died Oct. 18 of heart failure at her Stoneleigh home. She was 90.

Anne Ragland was born in Baltimore, the daughter of T. Ellsworth Ragland, owner of Guilford Pharmacy.

She was raised in the 2800 block of Guilford Ave. and graduated from Eastern High School in 1936.

She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Goucher College in 1940 and during World War II worked as a chemist at the Point Breeze works of the old Western Electric Co. in Southeast Baltimore.

For the past 42 years, Mrs. Ely lived on Chumleigh Road.

"Her major interests were gardening and her dachshunds, the last of which died not too long ago," said her son, Thomas Christopher "Chris" Ely, a former WJZ and WBAL-TV weekend sports anchor who is now sports public address announcer at the Johns Hopkins University.

She was a longtime member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, where she was chairwoman of the Covenant Guild.

"The Covenant Guild purchased clothing which they donated to underprivileged youth at Christmas," her son said. "She was their chief buyer and could always find bargains. She loved it."

She also enjoyed travel and was a member of the Mount Washington Club.

Her husband of 53 years, Norman J. Ely, died in 1999.

Mrs. Ely was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church on St. Paul Street, where services were held Wednesday.

"She was baptized there 90 years ago," her son said.

Also surviving are a daughter, Anne E. Adomanis of Arnold; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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