Ellen W. Caprio, a medical secretary and bridge enthusiast, died of colon cancer Friday at her daughter's Parkville home. She was 68.
She was born and raised Mary Ellen Wible in Hollywood, St. Mary's County.
She was married in 1960 to Samuel J. Caprio, an electrical engineer who worked at the Patuxent Naval Air Station in St. Mary's County.
Mrs. Caprio later dropped the Mary from her name after her marriage, according to family members.
In 1969, the couple moved to Endicott, N.Y., and two years later, they moved to Severna Park.
After they divorced in 1990, Mrs. Caprio went to work as a secretary in the hematology laboratory at Sinai Hospital.
In 1992, she took a job as a secretary at the Krieger Eye Institute.
Since 1994, she had been secretary to Dr. Donald Abrams, who is chief of ophthalmology at Sinai Hospital.
"She was deeply committed to Dr. Abrams and the patients he serves, and continued to work as much as possible during her 18-month battle with colon cancer," said her daughter, Julie M. Caprio.
Mrs. Caprio, who was a resident of the Summit Chase neighborhood of Pikesville, was a duplicate bridge Life Master.
"She also liked playing golf, traveling and shopping at Nordstrom," her daughter said.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. July 10 at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
Also surviving are a son, David S. Caprio of Arnold; a brother, Kenneth Wible of Leonardtown; a sister, Veronica Yeatman of Bethesda; and several nieces and nephews.