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Ellen Foote Fitzgerald

Ellen Foote Fitzgerald, age 96, departed this life on March 19, 2017 at Harrison House Nursing Home in Snow Hill, Md.

Born in Baltimore on March 28, 1920, she was the oldest daughter of the late Reverend Jesse Henry Ruark and Nancy Curtis Ruark.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee Ross Foote, and by her second husband, John Howard Fitzgerald, two sisters, Myrtle Martin, and Dorothy Ruark and two foster daughters, Shirley Culbertson Outten and Mary Ann Wainwright.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Linda Foote King of Snow Hill, Md., beloved granddaughter, Melissa Ellen Vinaya, of Arlington, Va., two sisters, Jane Guest, of White Marsh, Md., and Leza Cavey (Lloyd) of Colora, Md., four nieces and two nephews. She is also survived by many other cherished extended family members and friends.

Educated in Baltimore, she was employed at Bethlehem Steel Company as a secretary where she met and married Lee Ross Foote. They moved to the Eastern Shore and enjoyed the country life. She was active in The Christ United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and also became a 4-H leader.

Ellen was a teller for the Bank of Somerset for many years and also a case manager at the Somerset County Dept. of Social Services, retiring in 1983.

Ellen served as President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and was also voted as the club’s Woman of the year. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Somerset County Civic Center and Somerset County Economic Development Commission. Other memberships included Somerset County Historical Society and the Garden Club.

She was a faithful member of the Church of God – Walker Memorial in Princess Anne, Md. After retiring, she enjoyed her pets, writing poetry, flower arranging and spending time with her family.

A funeral service is planned for 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Hinman Funeral Home, 11673 Somerset Ave. in Princess Anne, Md.  where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Reverend Tim Shawyer will officiate. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery in Princess Anne.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Church of God- Walker Memorial, Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 189, Princess Anne, Md. 21853

3 comments to Ellen Foote Fitzgerald

  • Remembering Ellen

    We came here as “outsiders” 16 years back; yet Ellen opened her heart and arms to us, always making us feel welcome and special to her. She was nearly 80 when we met, yet we could not believe she was over 60, with her inner and outer beauty and her zest for life.

    Ellen was a true Christian in every sense and taught by example what it means to share the love of Christ through her words and deeds in her daily life. Her essence was Grace, compassion, kindness, youthful innocence, gratitude and joy for the simplest things, her home, her trees, the birds in the yard, a cup of tea and pastry. She needed very little, only to give love to others and emanate the holy spirit within her.

    She was always remembering her husbands and family who had passed, sharing her memories and photos of them, always talking about them as well as the family and loved ones she still had in this world, even those she did not see often.

    Ellen never had an unkind word about anyone, even when she felt hurt and abandoned she took it with a spiritual strength and a determination to not allow those feelings to devastate her; she demonstrated a forgiving and loving nature like few I have known.

    Her last years were spent in a place she did not want to be, but she tried to make the most of it, saying wonderful kind words to those who cared for her at the nursing home. She tried to make everyone around her, no matter their station in life, feel special and loved.

    We know that Ellen smiles down on us now, and is in heaven with her parents, her foster girls, her men folk and the Christ she emulated so clearly.

  • Brenda Warwick

    Linda, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. She was such an elegant, regal lady and always looked lovely, in addition to being a nice and sweet person.

  • Lloyd Ward

    I was very saddened to hear of Ellen’s passing. We were co-workers and friends at the
    Somerset County Department of Social Services. She was a very kind and warm hearted
    person. She possessed some truly rare gifts. I will always treasure the time I was
    able to visit her a few years ago.

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