- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Elaine Kratz Karr, a community volunteer, died Oct. 17 of cancer at the Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore. She was 69.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Karr grew up in Wildwood Crest, N.J. She attended Beaver College — later named Arcadia University — in Glenside, Pa., where she was a music major and specialized in sacred organ music.

After graduating, Mrs. Karr worked for the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, where she met her husband, Harry A. Karr, who was manager and vice president of WRC-TV and WRC-FM radio in the District. The two married in 1961 and lived in Chevy Chase. Mr. Karr died in 1972, and Mrs. Karr moved to Bethany Beach, Del., in 2001.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mrs. Karr served as vice chairwoman of the fashion show for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. She was a member of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase since 1966 and held several offices at the Florence Crittenton Home for single, pregnant women in Northwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mrs. Karr was a member of Chevy Chase United Methodist Church for more than 40 years, serving as chairwoman of the finance committee, a trustee and a member of the worship and organ committees.

An active gardener who was passionate about floral arrangements, Mrs. Karr was involved with the Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral for many years and was a member of the Hamlet Garden Club in Chevy Chase. She was a founding member and chairwoman of the Flower Guild at her church and of the Salt Pond Garden Club.

Mrs. Karr was involved in the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club. After moving to Delaware, she served as treasurer of the Sussex County Women’s Republican Club.

Mrs. Karr is survived by a daughter, Debbie Karr Codd of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

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