Elizabeth (Holliday) Ramsey
Elizabeth (Holliday) Ramsey, 96, Lutherville, Md., formerly of Penn Farm Estates, Duncansville, died Friday.
She was born in Antis Township, Blair County, daughter of the late Glennavee (Prothero) and Joseph Ramsey Holliday, former Blair County assemblyman. She married her second cousin, Joseph Ramsey, on Oct. 4, 1980, in Hollidaysburg, and he died Sept. 11, 2000.
Surviving are five cousins: Barbara Bonneau in Florida, Douglas B. Hill of Newfoundland, Patricia Tuttle McFall of Spring, Texas, Carole Fritz Wadding of Grapevine, Texas, and Vincent Fritz of Lynnfield, Mass.; and two stepdaughters.
In 1936, Betty graduated cum laude from St. Agnes School, Loudonville, N.Y., and attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and the Chicago Mummers Theatre. During WWII, she was employed first at the Philadelphia Port of Embarkation and then as a statistician at the New York Port of Embarkation, Brooklyn, N.Y., in the commanding general’s top secret chart room. In 1946, she was employed as a cost accountant by United States Lines in its New York office, later transferring to the Philadelphia office, from which she retired in 1972 and moved to Penn Farm Estates, Duncansville. In 1994, she and her husband moved to the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville, Md.
Betty was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg. She also belonged to the Adam Holliday Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Altoona Council Navy League, Fort Roberdeau Association, National Maritime Historical Society and Blair County Historical Society and was a life member of the Railroaders Memorial Museum, Altoona.
She was the great-great-great-granddaughter of the founders of three Blair County towns: Adam Holliday of Hollidaysburg, Edward Bell of Bellwood and Jacob Ake of Williamsburg. She was a direct descendant of both Lazarus Lowery III of Frankstown, son of Col. Alexander Lowrey, and Nathaniel Patterson of Pittsburgh, whose first cousin, Betsy Patterson of Baltimore, married Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon.
Friends will be received from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. by Pastor Chuck Monts. Private interment will be in Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg.
The family requests that donations be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, or to your favorite charity in memory of Betty.
Arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg.
Elizabeth Holliday Ramsey
Elizabeth Holliday Ramsey of Lutherville, Md., formerly of Penn Farm Estates, Duncansville, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. A full obituary will appear in Thursday’s Mirror. Arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg.