Ella M. Human, a retired secretary who enjoyed playing the cello and painting, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Cockeysville resident was 83.
Ella M. Uelsmann was born and reared in Cape Girardeau, Mo. An accomplished cellist in her youth, she earned part of her college tuition at what is now Southeast Missouri State University playing at faculty functions with a string quartet.
In 1944, she moved to St. Louis and continued her education at Washington University. While there, she met and fell in love with Theodore H. Human. The couple married in 1944 and later moved to Cockeysville.
Mr. Human, a landscape architect, died in 1981.
After raising her two children, Mrs. Human went to work in the 1960s at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital as a secretary. At her 1983 retirement, she was secretary to the director of the hospital's child and adolescent unit.
Mrs. Human enjoyed taking classes, including painting classes, at Towson University and Essex Community College. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Mrs. Human painted in oils and watercolors, family members said.
She still enjoyed playing her cello and attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts until being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1998.
"With the help of her family, she was able to continue living in her own home until a week before her death," said her daughter, Linda T. Human of Cockeysville.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.
Also surviving are a son, Timothy M. Human of Seaford, Del.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.