Elsie F. O'Malley, homemaker

She enjoyed traveling around the world

(Baltimore Sun )
November 22, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Elsie F. O'Malley, a homemaker and world traveler, died Nov. 14 from complications of a stroke at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

The former Homeland resident was 95.

The daughter of a banker-lumber company owner and a homemaker, the former Elsie Farinholt was born and raised in Cash, Va. She was a descendant of Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry.

She was a 1934 graduate of the old Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.

In 1938, she married Paul T. O'Malley, who owned P.T. O'Malley Lumber Co., and settled in Armagh Village, where they lived until later moving to Homeland.

Mrs. O'Malley regularly visited family living in Gloucester, Va., and in 1945 purchased Warner Hall, a large estate that had been owned by George Washington's grandmother. The O'Malleys sold it several years later.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing at Five Farms. She was also a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

Mrs. O'Malley enjoyed golfing, bridge, and boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. She also was an accomplished watercolorist.

In addition to traveling to Europe, South America and the Far East, Mrs. O'Malley and her husband spent winters at Sanibel Island, Fla.

Her husband of 64 years died in 2002.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, where a private Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 16.

Surviving are two sons, Michael J. O'Malley of Reisterstown and Patrick P. O'Malley of Palm City, Fla.; four daughters, Stephanie O'Malley Biddison of Baltimore, Sheila O'Malley Bertoldi of Hunt Valley, Shelly O'Malley Dennis of Newnan, Ga., and Virginia O'Malley Murphy of Fort Myers; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


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