Elizabeth B. Edelen, businesswoman

Elizabeth B. Edelen, a retired businesswoman who enjoyed working as a TV and movie extra, died July 5 of complications after surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 85.

The daughter of an advertising executive and a homemaker, Elizabeth Bacon was born in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook.


She was a 1945 graduate of Trinity High School in Ellicott City and earned a nursing degree in 1948 from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Edelen worked as a pediatric nurse for a year at what is now Mercy Medical Center before marrying James G. Edelen Jr. in 1949.


"She then stayed home and raised her five children," said a daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Gemmill of Cockeysville.

In the 1970s, she and her husband attended what is now Loyola University Maryland, where they earned their bachelor's degrees in 1977.

Also, during the 1970s, she worked as an assistant to her husband, who was the president of the J.G. Edelen Co., a furniture hardware manufacturing and distributing company. She was a member of the company's board.

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A member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Mrs. Edelen worked as an extra in many TV shows and movies, including "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and "The Wire."

The nearly 60-year resident of Mount Washington also appeared in print and TV advertisements.

Mrs. Edelen was an avid reader and a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Country Club of Maryland.

She attended Mass at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County.

Services are private.


In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Edelen is survived by her son, James G. Edelen III of Timonium; three other daughters, Sarah Cocco of Towson, Nancy Slacum of Rodgers Forge and Anne Elko of Delta, Pa.; a brother, Robert N. Bacon of Tampa, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.