Ellen Ingram Fretterd, 'first lady' of Md. National Guard, dies at 75

December 08, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Ellen Ingram Fretterd, who was known as the "first lady" of the Maryland National Guard, died of cancer Dec. 3 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. The Federalsburg resident was 75.

Born Ellen Ingram in Pike, W.Va., and raised in Seaford, Del., she was a graduate of Seaford High School. She earned an associate's degree from Chesapeake College and a bachelor of arts from what was then Salisbury State College. In 1988 then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed her to the school's board of visitors. She served on what became Salisbury University's Board of Visitors and its successor, the Foundation Board, for 20 years.

Mrs. Fretterd had been an employee of the DuPont Corp. purchasing department in Seaford.

After her 1952 marriage to James F. Fretterd, the retired adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, she was a founder of the guard's Family Support Program. She was awarded its Molly Pitcher Award for her support of the field artillery. Family members said she was known as the "first lady of the Guard." She attended numerous guard functions.

A Girl Scout troop leader, she had been a member of the PTA at Denton Elementary School. She enjoyed painting, singing, sewing, reading and attending plays.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and worked on church projects.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, survivors include two daughters, Laura Fretterd Patrick of Harrington, Del., and Linda Fretterd Earls of Greensboro; a brother, Roy Ingram of Seaford; two sisters, Virginia Albert of Salisbury and Ida Marroni of Odessa, Del.; and four grandchildren.


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