May 20, 1915 to May 15, 2017
Those who knew Ethel appreciate her modernity, even at 101, and her unique way of viewing the world. Ethel wanted to know about you before she told you about herself, not because she was shy, but because she was interested in why you are and how you became you. When Rabbi Greenspoon visited the week before she passed away, she asked him, how old are you, do you have children, can they afford you?
Ethel started her career in a beauty salon in in Washington DC in 1942, where she met her future husband, Milton. She worked her way to being a manicurist at the Ambassador Hotel, from 10 cent tips to 50 cent tips.
Soon after World War II, she and Milton moved to Leesburg to take over White’s, a 5 & 10 cent store. They rented a 2 bedroom apartment in Leesburg for $70 a month. In 1948 she and Milton built a house on Edwards Ferry Road for $10,000. She resided in Leesburg until the store closed, in 1991. She and Milton had two children, Norman and Raymond.
She died peacefully in her sleep on May 15, 2017, day after Mother’s Day. “I want to be cremated,” she said, “they probably won’t get my makeup right.” She once told Willard Scott she hopes he will still be around for her 100th birthday.
She is remembered as a Leesburg business pioneer and friend of many who shopped in White’s.