Enalee Elizabeth Bounds passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her husband, Roland Ritter Bounds, and by two siblings Carl Rehling and Barbara Provenza. Enalee was survived by two children, son Stephen C. Bounds and daughter Lissa Bounds Hammond along with five grandchildren, Matthew Bounds, Rachel Hansen, Andrew Bounds, Carolyn Stolte-Danaher, and Anna Stolte; and two great grandchildren, Kaylee Bounds and Zoe Hansen.
Enalee grew up in Catonsville and attended public schools ultimately graduating from Catonsville High School and later attending the Maryland Institute of Art. She worked as a supervisor of bookkeeping for the Union Trust Co. and later worked as a dental assistant.
She found her life’s calling though in old Ellicott City’s first full-time antique shop that she opened with her mother and sister on Main Street in 1962. Ellicott’s Country Store, modeled after the country stores of historic New England, operated under her loving guidance for the next 50 plus years and was a cornerstone of the renaissance of the old mill town that continues to this day.
Enalee was a key player in the restoration of the B&O Railroad Station (now a museum) which was the location of the famous race of the Tom Thumb steam locomotive and a horse-drawn railcar, demonstrating the superiority of a steam powered railroad. She was also heavily involved in the restoration and prominent relocation of the Merryman Street Log Cabin and worked with her husband Roland to have Ellicott City designated as a Historic District thus providing significant historical protections for the entire town.
A great student of Maryland and Howard County history, she edited the “Heritage” historical newspaper for fifteen years and was one of the editors for the Ellicott City Bicentennial Journal when the town celebrated its 200th birthday. She began the long-popular series of annual Howard County Decorator Showhouses to raise funds for historic preservation and actively decorated many showhouse rooms over the years.
Funeral service and burial will be held on March 26th at St. John's Episcopal Church and Cemetery in Ellicott City where Enalee lived for fifty years in the nearby restored and expanded servant’s quarters for the MacAlpine Estate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Enalee's memory to Historic Ellicott City, Inc. which she helped create and served as its President and on its Board. It can be found at: www.historicec.com
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