Elizabeth Tunis Kemp


Elizabeth Tunis Kemp, who operated a guest house on Eastern Bay near McDaniel until she was 90, died Monday at the Memorial Hospital of Easton after a short illness.

Graveside services for Mrs. Kemp, who was 97 and lived in McDaniel, are to be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton.

She had started her guest house in the early 1920s with her husband, D. Earle Kemp, who also operated the family farm for many years before his death in 1970.

The former Mildred Tunis was born in Baltimore but reared in Elizabeth City, N.C., where her father was in the lumber business. Though she did not see their actual powered flight, she told of watching the Wright brothers at work in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

She moved to McDaniel just after World War I with her family and a short while later married Mr. Kemp, who then worked for the Army Quartermaster Corps in Baltimore.

A member of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, she was one of the first women to serve on a jury in Talbot County and was a former member of the county's Democratic State Central Committee. She also served as a Parent-Teacher Association president in St. Michaels.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Christianson of McDaniel; and a grandson.

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