Ellen Whitaker McGlade

September 1, 1923 ~ May 18, 2022 (age 98)


Ellen Whitaker McGlade, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022. Born Ellen King Whitaker at home in Bristol, TN on Septem- ber 1, 1923, to Jane Fennessee Whitaker and Sidney Shields Whitaker. She had four broth- ers: Sidney Shields Whitaker, Jr., Edward Steven Whitaker, John Fennessee Whitaker, and William Gregg Whitaker. A 1941 gradu- ate of Tennessee High School, she attended Virginia Intermont College until she left for Washington, DC, to join the war effort. Ellen worked for the War Production Board. She met her future husband, Henry Donald Mc- Glade, while working at the Pentagon and
in a car pool. They married in 1951. Five children and a 1958 move to Bethesda fol- lowed.
Ellen was a homemaker (and chauffeur), but also a secretary at NIH, and an active partic- ipant with the The Woman’s Club of Bethes- da, and The Landon Garden Club. She en- joyed her bridge games (both contract and duplicate) and her bowling league, and was serious and competitive concerning both. Starting in the 1990s, Ellen volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister at the Bethesda Navy Hospital .
In retirement, Ellen and Mac enjoyed their travels, including Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Above all else, Ellen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. By osmosis and desire, she gave her children a love of music, storytelling, murder mysteries, and dancing. Ellen is survived by her five chil- dren: Jane Fennesse McGlade, Ellen King McGlade-McCulloh (David), Henry Donald McGlade, Jr., Patrick Shields McGlade, and Molly McGlade Bodendorfer; and five grand- children: Katherine Ellen McCulloh, Patrick Scott McCulloh, Bennet Whitaker McGlade, Calvin Quinn McGlade, and Elaine Marie Bo- dendorfer.
A memorial service and celebration of her glorious and long life will be held Wednes- day, May 25, 2022 at noon at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable donation or a volunteer opportunity of the reader’s choice to honor Ellen.

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Celebration of Life
May 25, 2022

12:00 PM
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20817

May 25, 2022

2:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906


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