Elinor L. Holter, bookkeeper, homemaker

April 06, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Elinor L. Holter, a homemaker and former bookkeeper who fell in love while riding a commuter train, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Harford County. The Loreley resident was 97.

Elinor Louise Moulsdale was born and raised on her parents' 100-acre farm in Abingdon, which was part of a land grant to her grandfather from William Paca and the Calverts of Maryland. Family members said she was named for an aunt, a famous stage actress of the day, who died within days of her niece's birth.

Mrs. Holter received her early education in a one-room school and was a 1928 graduate of Aberdeen High School.

After graduating from high school, she went to work in Baltimore as a bookkeeper for the old Isaac Benesch home furnishings store at Howard and Mulberry streets.

She traveled to work in downtown Baltimore each day aboard a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad commuter train.

While riding the train, she met her future husband, Raymond Henry Holter, who had just started his career with the B&O in its rate department.

The couple fell in love and married in 1936.

After her marriage, Mrs. Holter left her job and settled with her husband on his father's Loreley farm, where they lived for 60 years.

A homemaker, Mrs. Holter raised her children and tended a large vegetable garden whose produce she canned and froze. She also tended a flock of chickens.

Mrs. Holter was an active communicant of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Surviving are her husband of 72 years, who retired in 1972 as B&O assistant vice president of freight traffic; two sons, Raymond Harward Holter of Fort Myers, Fla., and Jerome C. Holter of Abingdon; four daughters, Regina H. Walsh and Nancy H. Collins, both of Baltimore, Judy H. Plowman of Baldwin and Marjorie H. Robinson of Perry Hall; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Another son, Raymond Allen Holter, died in 1939.

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