Elizabeth E. Gatchell, 89, James Monroe descendantElizabeth...


Elizabeth E. Gatchell, 89, James Monroe descendant

Elizabeth Emory Gatchell, 89, the oldest living descendant of President James Monroe, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson.

She lived nearly all her life in Roland Park. A physician arrived by horse to deliver her at her family's Hawthorne Road home during a February snowstorm.

She was christened Elizabeth Kortright Monroe Emory, a name that commemorated the wife of her great-great-great-grandfather, the fifth president, who held office from 1817 to 1825. She attended Roland Park Country School and an academy in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"Her mother took her to Europe to get away from the great flu epidemic," said a son, Richard Emory Gatchell of Ruxton.

When she was 15, she was presented with the keys to the city of Richmond, Va., at a pageant celebrating James Monroe and other famous Virginians.

She was presented to Baltimore Society at the 1924 Bachelors Cotillon and in 1929 married George Gordon Gatchell, an investment banker. He died in 1983. Mrs. Gatchell briefly worked for Roland Park Co., which developed the North Baltimore suburb.

She and her husband were fourth cousins and descended from George Buchanan and Eleanor Rogerarly, Baltimore settlers who resided in what is now the Mansion House at Druid Hill Park.

She lived for 77 years at 1 Harvest Road in Roland Park.

Services will be at 11 a.m. todayat Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Also surviving are two other sons, George Gordon Gatchell of Lincoln, Mass., and Monroe Tyler Gatchell of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. William James Mallon III, a supervisor at a Baltimore chemical company, died Tuesday at his Westminster home of a heart attack. He was 50.

Growing up in Baltimore, Mr. Mallon graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1966. Trained in printing, Mr. Mallon went to work for Union Memorial Hospital printing internal newsletters and bulletins, said a sister, Mary Jane Knight of Marriottsville.

Later he worked for Condea Vista, a chemical company in Baltimore.

An avid boater and fisherman, Mr. Mallon was known for his sense of humor, Mrs. Knight said. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glyndon.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Mallon is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Westminster; a son, William IV, of Westminster; a daughter, Shannon Rousey of Parkville; his mother, Mary Ellen Mallon of Catonsville; and another sister, Kathleen Zwobot of Woodstock. Jeanne Williams Houck Gelston, a garden show judge and widow of Maj. Gen. George M. Gelston, former commander of the Maryland National Guard, died Thursday at Manor Care Nursing Home in Ruxton after a short illness. She was 82.

Born in Shenandoah, Pa., she came to Maryland to attend the old Maryland College for Women in Lutherville, where she graduated in 1933 with a major in English. She met Mr. Gelston at the college, where his father was the riding coach, according to daughter Susan Gelston Mink of Baltimore.

Mrs. Gelston began the "Chapel Cotillion" -- dance classes for children -- to raise money for Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.

Her husband died in 1970.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, with burial at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore.

She is also survived by a second daughter, Anne Gelston Hubbard of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a son, Hugh Houck Gelston of Atlanta,; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/30/96

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