Ellen V. Schultz, a longtime Howard County activist, died Oct. 31 of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital.
The longtime Elkridge resident was 95.
The daughter of a dairy farmer and a homemaker, Ellen V. Dove was born and raised in Birdsville. She was a 1933 graduate of Severn High School.
A Howard County resident since 1942, Mrs. Schultz lived in Elkridge with her husband of 55 years, William F. Schultz, a construction foreman with Consolidated Engineering Co., who died in 1991.
Mrs. Schultz, who was a substitute teacher in county public schools from 1956 to 1978, began her civic activism with the PTA, where she held various positions from 1957 to 1964. She was a member of the Maryland Council on Education from 1966 to 1967.
She later entered the political arena and was president of the First District Democratic Club from 1966 to 1967, and again from 1973 to 1975. In 1970 she became the first woman to be elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, a position she held until 1974.
She was an unsuccessful candidate for the County Council in 1974 and was president of United Democratic Clubs of Howard County from 1974 to 1976.
In 1970, Gov. Marvin Mandel appointed Mrs. Schultz to the Howard County Board of Library Trustees, where she served until 1977.
That year, Governor Mandel appointed her to the Howard County Board of Elections, a position she held until retiring in 1989.
Mrs. Schultz was a member of the county's Bicentennial Commission from 1975 to 1977, and from 1976 to 1980, was a member of the Elkridge Master Plan Committee.
She was an associate member and later member of the board of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Company.
She had been president of the Elkridge Community Association from 1979 to 1981, and a member since 1960.
Since 1981, Mrs. Schultz had been a member of the Elkridge Heritage Society, which she served as treasurer and program chair.
Beginning in 1981, she had been a liaison with the Howard County Police Department and, from 1981 to 1984, a member of its Crime Advisory Board.
Mrs. Schultz was an adult adviser to the Junior League of Maryland Horsemen in the mid-1950s and to The Vaqueros, a group of young riders, from 1955 to 1977. She also served as president of the Maryland Western Horse Association during the 1960s.
"Her hobby was being out in the community," said her daughter, Margaret E. Schultz of Woodbine, where Mrs. Schultz had resided in recent years.
She was a former member of Harwood United Methodist Church, and since 1991 had been a member of Lisbon United Methodist Church, where services were held Nov. 4.
Also surviving are three sons, William S. Schultz of Pasadena, Charles H. Schultz of Baltimore and Harold S. Schultz of Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.