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Nov 26, 1954

Mrs. Brenda McElhany Carithers, 49, native of
Mt. Vernon and the wife of Arch T. Carithers, vice-president in charge of sales of Rexall Drug Co., Inc. died very suddenly late Wednesday (24 Nov 1954) afternoon at her home at 119 Abbott Road, Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Mr. Carithers found his wife dead in the bedroom of their home upon his return home from the Rexall home offices in
Boston.  She had not been acutely ill.

The deceased's most recent visit to her native
Mt. Vernon was late last summer when she was called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Minnie Mc Elhaney, 610 E. Fifth street.

Funeral and burial rites were conducted this afternoon at
Newton, Mass. adjacent to Wellesley Hills, which is an exclusive residential suburb of Boston.

Surviving in addition to the husband whose rise in the Rexall organization has been both rapid and meritorious, are a 16 year old daughter, Jane; the mother in
Mt. Vernon, and two sisters, Mrs. John Hurley, Alhambra, Calif. and Miss Ruth Mc Ethlaney, Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. Carithers' father was the late Dr. E. Q. Mc Elhaney, a
Mt. Vernon dentist and a musician from whom Mrs. Carithers in herited musical talent that made her a very popular local cellist.  She and two other young women as the Neopolitan Trio filled a number of professional engagements following her graduation from Mt. Vernon High school in 1923.

Mr. Carithers, the husband, is a native of
Princeton, Ind.  As a young man he was employed for a number of years by the Fogas Drug Store in Mt. Vernon and it was during that period that he met the charming local girl whom he married 25 y ears ago.

The deceased, with her husband and daughter, was a member of the Congregational Church of Wellesley Hills and was prominent in social and musical circles of the
Boston suburban community.

In the early years of Mr. Carithers' association with Rexall he and his family resided on the West Coast.




Originally submitted by Betty Sellers