Elizabeth Eastment Schultz Guthrie

Published in The Star Democrat on June 22, 2018

Elizabeth E. Guthrie

EASTON - Elizabeth Eastment Guthrie, wife of the late Eugene

H. Guthrie, former associate surgeon general of the United
States, died on June 20, 2018, at the Eleanor A. Koons
Hospice House in Easton, Md., at the age of 92.

Mrs. Guthrie was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of the

ate Helen and Charles R. Schultz Sr. She graduated from
Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., in
1944 and attended George Washington University, where she
was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. During World War II, Mrs. Guthrie was a secretary
for the British Air Commission in Washington and later was secretary to the executive director
of the American Association of Nurserymen.

In 1948, she married Eugene H. Guthrie. During Dr. Guthrie's career in the U.S. Public Health
Service, she and her husband lived in Baltimore, Md.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Walnut Creek, Calif.;
and Chevy Chase, Md. While living in Chevy Chase, she was active in the Officers' Wives
Club, the Jean S. Cole Jr. Circle of the Florence Crittenden Home, Chevy Chase Junior
Women's Club and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church.

In 1972, Dr. and Mrs. Guthrie and their three youngest children moved to Easton, where she
was active in St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton and Christ Church in St. Michaels,
Tidewater Performing Arts Society, Choptank American Antique Art Association, the Talbot
County Garden Club, the Riverview Garden Club, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
and the Junior Auxiliary of Easton Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Guthrie served on the boards of
directors of St. Mark's Village, the Talbot County Medical Auxiliary, Easton Day Care Center
and the Talbot Hospice Foundation. She and her husband were members of the Talbot
Country Club and Harbourtowne Country Club. In 1981, when Dr. Guthrie was health officer of
Talbot County and helped to found the Talbot County and helped to found the Talbot Hospice
Foundation, she became one of the two first volunteer coordinators for the foundation, a
position she held until her retirement in 1986. She continued to work as a hospice volunteer
until she and her husband moved to St. Michaels in 1994.

Mrs. Guthrie is survived by six children, Stephen H. Guthrie of Charleston, S.C. (Bonnie),
Linda E. Capps of Cary, N.C. (Kirby), Michael D. Guthrie of Apopka, Fla. (Allison), Matthew
C. Guthrie of Easton, Md. (Gretchen), Leslie A. Grunden of Cambridge, Md., Melissa E.
Guthrie of Morrisville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren who loved their
Grammie dearly.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles R. Schultz Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Methodist Church
in Easton, Md.

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be private.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Talbot Hospice
Foundation Inc., 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601.

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