From a contemporary press report:
Margaret L. Ellerman, 62, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who was an accounting official for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from 1986 to 1998, died of liver cancer March 2, 2000, at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She lived in Alexandria.
Colonel Ellerman was in the Army from 1964 to 1986, and her last assignment was Arlington Hall Station. Her speciality was finance, and her honors included three Meritorious Service medals and the Army Commendation Medal.
She retired a second time, from Metro, as manager of the accounting department's reporting branch. After Metro, she briefly ran Partners in Success, which helps people set up their own businesses.
She was born in Monroe, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University. She received a master's degree in business administration from Northwest Missouri State University.
Since 1991, she has been on the board of directors of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation.
Survivors include her mother, Elsie Rutledge of Monroe, Mich.; and two sisters, Lynn Greeno of Frederick, Md., and Susan Rothman of Onsted, Mich.
ELLERMAN, MARGARET LOUISE
On Thursday, March 2, 2000, of Alexandria, VA. Beloved daughter of Elsie L. Ellerman and the late Christian F. Ellerman; loving sister of Susan Rothman, Lynn Greeno and the late Judy Wylie. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be held on Thursday, March 9, 1 p.m., at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Women's Memorial, Department 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560 or the American Diabetes Association.
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