Nora Elizabeth Etheridge, a retired school media specialist, died of heart failure Thursday at Sinai Hospital. She was 72 and lived in Forest Park.
Before her retirement 22 years ago, she was a teacher, librarian and media specialist at Pimlico Elementary School and the old William Alexander Elementary. She then became an administrative assistant to the 41st District legislative delegation in Northwest Baltimore.
Born Nora Elizabeth Murphy in Baltimore and raised on Gilmor Street, she was a 1947 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and 1951 graduate of what is now Coppin State College. She took graduate classes at Catholic University of America in Washington.
She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Vanguard Political Organization and social groups known as the Friday Nighters, Daz, Ten Plus and Travelers.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Blvd., where Mrs. Etheridge was a member.
She is survived by a son, Daniel Kevin Etheridge of Baltimore; a daughter, Karen L. Etheridge of Baltimore; a brother, Ellis Murphy of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Her marriage to Daniel Etheridge ended in divorce.