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Mary Elizabeth (Owens) Prout, 94, suffered a stroke at her home in Lothian and died July 18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Elizabeth was born December 7, 1917 to the late Lloyd and Martha Elizabeth (Clarke) Owens.
Elizabeth was a member of the first graduating class of Southern High School in 1934. After attending Temple Business School in Washington, DC, she worked for E.H. Pitcher Co. and the US Capitol Housing Authority. In 1946, she returned to Lothian to care for her ailing Mother, and to marry Philip O. Prout Sr., and start a family. In 1955 she began work as an Administrative Assistant at Owensville Elementary School and later at Southern Middle School. Always a caring person, Elizabeth retired in 1984 to care for her husband who suffered with emphysema, and to spend time with her great- grandchild.
Elizabeth was a member and the "pump" organist for Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church. Most recently she attended all church events at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church until her health prevented her from doing so. She also volunteered at the Senior Center in Edgewater, MD.
Elizabeth led a quiet life of industry and caring for others. Having lived most of her life in the Lothian area, she leaves behind many friends and acquaintances. She enjoyed reading, visiting, and sending cards to friends and family for birthdays and special events. She always had "family functions" at her home where she set a table presided over by manners, love and grace.
She was preceded in death by her husband Philip O. Prout Sr., and brother, Lloyd Clifton (Buck) Owens.
Surviving her are two sons, Philip O. Prout Jr. and wife Vallorie of Harwood, and Lloyd Stephen Prout and wife Kimberly of Rocky Hill, CT; grandchildren, Jennifer (Prout) Eyde and husband Paul of Lansing, MI, Samantha McCue Prout of Rocky Hill, CT, and Michael Prout and wife Maria (Rybak) of Chester. Great-grandchildren, Eva and Charlie Eyde, Tatiana and Adeline Prout.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Genesis Spa Creek and other caregivers that helped her during the last four months.
At her request, her body is being donated to the Maryland Anatomy Board. A Memorial Service will be scheduled by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Memorial Fund at 122 Bayard Road, Lothian, MD 20711.
Published in The Capital on July 19, 2012