Elizabeth G. 'Bette' Singleton, nurse

March 17, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Elizabeth G. "Bette" Singleton, a retired registered nurse and a gardener, died March 9 of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Catonsville resident was 84.

Elizabeth Greening Rohr, the daughter of an English artist and a saleswoman, was born at home on Edmondson Avenue. She was a 1943 graduate of Western High School.

She was a 1947 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and joined the nursing school faculty in 1951.

While at the University of Maryland, she met Robert Tiffany Singleton Sr., a pre-med student from Pennsylvania, whom she married in 1949.

While on the faculty of the nursing school, Mrs. Singleton helped recruit students from across the state to attend its program.

From 1980 to 1991, she worked with her husband, a cardiologist, at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mrs. Singleton became the first woman to be elected president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association in 1960.

She had been a longtime supporter of McDonogh School, where her two sons had been students, and had been treasurer of the McDonogh Bazaar. She was also a member of the Rolling Hills Women's Club.

In 1966, the couple settled on Brook Green Road in Ten Hills, where her garden earned several awards from Beautiful Baltimore Inc. She was also an accomplished needleworker.

Mrs. Singleton, who had lived at the Charlestown retirement community since 2006, was a supporter of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Company.

"Bette was fond of any opera by an '-ini,' as she lovingly called her favorite Italian composers," said Dr. Singleton, who survives her.

She was a member of St. Andrews Christian Community in Roland Park.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 17 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert T. Singleton Jr. of Reisterstown and Richard G. Singleton of Ellicott City; and five grandsons.

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