- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2007

Eleanor May Havis, a homemaker, died May 31 at her College Park home of advanced Alzheimer’s disease. She was 96.

Born May 5, 1911, in Wooster, Ohio, she graduated from Wooster College in 1933 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She worked for a short time as a welfare investigator and was society editor and reporter for the Wooster Daily Record for two years.

Soon after her mother died, Mrs. Havis began what was to be a cruise around the world and got as far as Egypt when forebodings of war ended her trip.

In 1938, she married Leon Havis, who was assistant horticulturist at Ohio State Experimental Station and later taught at Cornell University.

After her husband accepted a position in 1943 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Station in Beltsville, they moved to College Park.

While raising her two children, Mrs. Havis played in a bridge club and volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Red Cross bloodmobile canteens.

She was a Sunday school superintendent for many years and was an active board and committee member at University United Methodist Church in College Park.

After her husband’s death in 1962, Mrs. Havis took up golf and worked part time, mainly at the Maryland Book Exchange from which she retired in 1991 at age 80.

Just after 2000, Alzheimer’s symptoms began and, until she died, she remained in her home, getting outside in her wheelchair occasionally.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Fuller of Hyattsville; a son, Andrew Lee Havis of Silver Spring; three step-granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Havis was also preceded in death by her younger brother, Charles Collier.

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