Charlotte Behning Hollyday, 93, passed away on June 27, 2018 at Golden Crest Assisted Living Facility.
Born in Pleasantville, New York, she was the daughter of the late Albert Behning and Evelyn Penn Behning.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Samuel Howard Phipps, Jr. and her second husband, Milton Ritchie Hollyday; two sisters, Shirley Doupnik of Easton, Maryland, and Janet Allison of Uvalde, Texas; brother, Ralph Behning of Catonsville, Maryland; and great-grandson, Ryan Scott Krempa.
She is survived by four daughters, Charlotte Martin and husband, Andrew, of Dayton, Maryland, Ruth Elseroad and husband, Samuel Glenn, of Reisterstown, Maryland, Linda Peer and husband, Anthony, of Dover, Delaware and Denise Phipps of Ocean View, Delaware.
She was an adored grandmother of Charlotte Krempa, Tammy Ferris, Andrew Martin, Melissa Martin, Glenn Elseroad, Howard Elseroad, Timothy Peer, Sam Peer and Gordon Peer and 23 great-grandchildren.
Charlotte was a graduate of Catonsville High School. She started her career during WWII serving as an executive secretary with the Third Service Command of the Zone Transportation Corps of the United States Army.
She volunteered in the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol for 20 years and retired a lieutenant colonel. Over the years she served as Air Operations administration officer for the Maryland Wing, escort officer for the International Air Cadet Exchange, escorting 250 cadets to Germany and England; project officer for the IACE functions at Bolling Air Force Base; executive officer for five Maryland Wing Flying Summer Encampments at varied Air Force Bases; and Host Project officer for foreign cadets visiting America.
Charlotte was awarded the “Zero Defects Award” from Gen. Curtis La May for outstanding service in the search and rescue missions with the USAF, Meritorious Service Award and National Commander’s Certificate.
She was an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, The Girl’s Venture Corps of England and the RAF Gliders Club of England.
Charlotte was active with the Baltimore Symphony Associates for many years, serving on the board and in 1984 was the chairman for the Decorator’s Show House; former president of the Dulaney Valley Symphony and former president of the Art League of Ocean City (1993-1994).
She was a former Grand Council president of the Zeta Tau Sorority, a member of the National Miniature Art Society, and member of the Ocean City Aviation Association. Charlotte organized the first Outreach and Food Program for the Community Church of Ocean Pines, and served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of the Lower Eastern Shore.
When Atlantic General Hospital opened its doors, she joined the Auxiliary serving on the board for 18 years. She served as vice president (1993-1994) and was president of the Auxiliary (1995-1996), coordinator for the We Care Program, Auxiliary parliamentarian, and Region 5 representative for the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.
While on the MAHA Board for over 12 years she served as the parliamentarian, vice president, chairman of Region 5 Hospitals of the Eastern Shore, recruitment chairman, nominating chairman and Special Events chairman.
Charlotte’s favorite hobbies were sewing, needle point, reading, oil painting, golfing, enjoying symphonies, operas, genealogy research for the family and many activities with her large family.
The family received friends on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Eline Funeral Home in Finksburg, Maryland.
A celebration of Charlotte’s Life was held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 12:30pm at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place in Moreland Memorial Park.