Mrs. Ellen Marion Reiter BissellEllen Marion Reiter Bissell died June 7, 2011 at Beacon Place. Mrs. Bissell was born on November 6, 1924, in Winston-Salem, NC. She was the daughter of Louis J. Reiter and Mary Brownfield Follin Reiter. Her grandparents were Charles A. and Mary Elizabeth Huffman Reiter of Ashland, KY and Gustavus Augustus and Ellen Estelle Marion Follin of Charleston, SC and Winston-Salem, NC.
She was educated in Tulsa, OK and Vienna, NC and graduated from Old Town High School, Bethania, NC in June 1941. She attended Salem College in 1941-1942.
In 1943, Mrs. Bissell began her career as a banker with City National Bank, Winston-Salem, NC, continuing at South Carolina National Bank, Charleston, SC until her marriage to Talbot Bissell on November 15, 1952.
Mrs. Bissellís lifelong interest in the history of the War Between the States led her to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1965. Over a period of years she was President of the Guilford Chapter UDC in Greensboro. Most recently she was Program Chairman of the Guilford Chapter. She served the Division UDC as 3rd Vice President and Recorder of Military Awards, and in 1994
She became North Carolina Division President. Mrs. Bissell also held several General Committee Chairmanships and served for 4 years on the Board of Trustees, UDC Memorial Building, Richmond, VA.
Mrs. Bissell was active in Credit Women International for a number of years and was President for 2 years.
She was a long-time member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Greensboro.
Mrs. Bissell is survived by her daughters, Alice Middleton Bissell of Del Rio, TN and Marion Bissell Ober and her husband Stephen Ober of Kittery Point, ME and their children, Leigh Ober of Kittery Point, ME and Gordon Ober of Connecticut, as well as her sister Elizabeth Reiter Manucy of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
A memorial service will be held Friday June 10, 2011 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 2 PM. Plans for a burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Charleston, SC are being finalized.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.
Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.