Eleanor A. Pritts, 84

December 02, 2008

DEC. 7, 1923-NOV. 27, 2008

MARTINNSBURG, W.Va. - Eleanor Anne Pritts, 84, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at her residence.

Born Dec. 7, 1923, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Henry Joseph Pritts and Ua DeVall Pritts.

She earned an associate's degree from Potomac State in 1945 and entered West Virginia University's accelerated law program, earning an AB and an LLB in 1948. She was one of three women in her law school graduating class.

In 1955, she opened a general law practice in Martinsburg. She retired in 1995.

She was the recipient of the President's Award, which is presented annually to a person who has shown exemplary service to Shepherd University and to the community.


She represented the United States at the 1936 Winter Olympics held in Garmish, Germany, as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee until 1975. She served as a history and ski instructor at the Stratton (Vermont) School of Skiing during the winter holidays, training U.S. Olympic Ski Team members who could not break training during the holidays. She was a qualified member of the Ski Patrol until 1995.

She served as president of the Berkeley County Bar Association and as a member of the Martinsburg Planning Commission Appeals Board and Martinsburg Soroptimist Club. She was a volunteer with Berkeley County Girl Scouts.

She is survived by one cousin, Barbara Cornell of Olney, Md.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Pritts; and one uncle.

Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The Rev. Rufus Burton will officiate. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Oakland (Md.) Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 220 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, WV 25401; or to Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, 101 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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