Ethel North

Sunday Star - - OBITUARIES -

ST. MICHAELS — Ethel Louise Tow­ers North passed away at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Hos­pi­tal in Bal­ti­more on Mon­day, Jan. 7, sur­rounded by her im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

She was born in Tal­bot County on Sept. 6, 1931, the youngest of four chil­dren, two girls and two boys, from the union of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Tow­ers and Ethel Han­nah Cooper. Both of her par­ents died when she was a very young child. She and her sis­ter, Ann, were raised for some years by their grand­mother, Vir­ginia Cooper, in Ridgely, Md.

In the 1940s, the two sis­ters were in­for­mally adopted by the Wil­liam Shan­na­han fam­ily, where they helped Jane Shan­na­han Hill Of­futt care for her young son, Thomas Hill, whose fa­ther had been lost in World War II. They also as­sisted May Shan­na­han Ce­cil with the rear­ing of her two young chil­dren, Arthur and Kitty.

Ethel met her hus­bandto-be, John C. North II, at a skat­ing party on Peach­blos­som Creek, and the cou­ple courted for sev­eral years, cor­re­spond­ing reg­u­larly and vis­it­ing each other of­ten while he was in col­lege. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing high school, Ethel worked in the book­keep­ing de­part­ment at the Shan­na­han and Wright­son Hard­ware Com­pany in Easton for sev­eral years, and then re­ceived spe­cial­ized train­ing and be­came a mono­typ­ist at Waverly Press (later Cad­mus Com­mu­ni­ca­tions) in Easton.

John and Ethel were mar­ried in 1954 in Easton and drove to Sea Is­land, Ga., for their hon­ey­moon in the 1933 Due­sen­berg road­ster that John had re­ceived from his par­ents upon grad­u­at­ing from Har­vard Law School.

The young cou­ple took up res­i­dence in Nor­folk, Va., for two years while John served in the U.S. Coast Guard. They then re­turned to

Easton in

1956, where John be­gan the prac­tice of law with his fa­ther un­der the firm name of North and North. The cou­ple wel­comed the birth of their sons, David in 1957 and Dan in 1960.

Ethel had a love and unique tal­ent for flower ar­rang­ing. She trained and be­came a mas­ter judge of flower ex­hi­bi­tions, ser ving ul­ti­mately as a judge at the pres­ti­gious Philadel­phia Flower Show. She was very ac­tive in the Tal­bot County Gar­den Club and served as its pres­i­dent in 1979-81.

Ath­letic as a girl, Ethel was a strong com­peti­tor in ev­ery­thing she at­tempted. She was a run­ner, horse­back rider, swim­mer, skater and sailor. She par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the sport of curl­ing in her later years. More of­ten than not, she was a mem­ber of the most suc­cess­ful team on the ice.

Ethel will al­ways be greatly ad­mired by the sailors in the his­toric Ch­e­sa­peake Bay log ca­noe fleet for her warm and gen­er­ous hos­pi­tal­ity and es­pe­cially for the thou­sands of de­li­cious lunches she pro­vided in her more than 40 years of sup­port­ing the sport. For many years, she sailed with John as crew on his log ca­noe,

Is­land Bird. In 2015, the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum pre­sented the “Her­itage Award” jointly to Ethel and John “in recog­ni­tion of their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the cul­tural and mar­itime her­itage of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.”

She and John also loved fine vin­tage au­to­mo­biles and were in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the St. Michaels Con­cours d’Ele­gance.

Ethel was pre­ceded in death by her sis­ter, Ann Tow­ers Ma­son, and Ann’s hus­band, Ran­dolph M. Ma­son, and her two broth­ers, Wil­liam and Ge­orge. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 64 years, Judge John C. North II; and by her two sons, David J. North and Daniel C. North; David’s wife, Joan Hoge-North, and for­mer wife, Sal­lie E. North, and their two sons, Drew H. North and J. Dy­lan North; and Dan’s part­ner, Mar­garet En­loe, and for­mer wife, Car­ring­ton North, and their two chil­dren, Camp­bell C.S. North and Wil­liam-Spencer S. North.

Ethel is also sur­vived by her niece, Su­san M. San­ders, her hus­band Charles San­ders, and their chil­dren, Ma­son, Stu­art and Mark; her nephew, Mar­shall Ma­son, his wife Su­san, and their chil­dren, Re­bekah, Jimmy, Ti­mothy and El­iz­a­beth; her nephew, Wil­liam E. Tow­ers Jr., his wife Jane, and their two sons, Wil­liam E. Tow­ers III and M. Alexan­der Tow­ers.

An ar­dent Chris­tian Sci­en­tist all her life, she was de­voutly at­tached to the First Church of Christ Sci­en­tist in Easton and was the firmest be­liever in all the prin­ci­ples em­bod­ied in that faith.

At her re­quest, ser­vices will be pri­vate. Me­mo­rial do­na­tions in lieu of flow­ers may be made to: First Church of Christ Sci­en­tist, 501 S. Wash­ing­ton St., Easton, MD 21601, or Tal­bot County Gar­den Club, P.O. Box 1524 Easton, MD 21601.

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