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Eleanor S. 'Ellie' Bedford, volunteer

Eleanor S. "Ellie" Bedford, a volunteer and dog lover, died Friday of melanoma at The Patches, her Stevenson home. She was 78.

The daughter of Latimer S. Stewart, an Alexander & Alexander insurance executive, and Eleanor Clark Wesley, a homemaker, Eleanor Bonsal Stewart was born in Baltimore and raised in the Green Spring Valley.

After graduating in 1956 from Garrison Forest School, she earned an associate's degree in 1956 from what is now Stevenson University.

Mrs. Bedford worked briefly as a medical secretary before her 1958 marriage to Theodore C. Waters, a lawyer, who was a partner at Miles & Stockbridge. He died in 1969. In 1973, she married A. Clarke Bedford Jr., an Exxon executive, who died in 1983.

Mrs. Bedford was a longtime volunteer at Union Memorial Hospital and Gilman School. A dog lover, she and Honey, her cocker spaniel, volunteered with Pets on Wheels.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Club and the Elkridge Club. She also enjoyed spending summers with her family at a second home in Stone Harbor, N.J.

Mrs. Bedford was a lifelong communicant and former vestry and search committee member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Garrison, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Bedford is survived by a son, Theodore C. Waters III of Ruxton; two daughters, Bonsal W. Brown of Upperco and Marguerite W. Forner of Towson; a sister, Cassandra S. Naylor of Stevenson; and five grandchildren.

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