Jerry Ellisberg and Barbara Ellisberg Abeille wish to remember their dear mother, Mildred Bishop Ellisberg, born on this day, in the year 1915. She was lovingly known as “Chickie,” and her kind and generous reputation preceded her wherever she went. Chickie was born in Philadelphia, and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She married Mortimer “Morty” Ellisberg, a Raleigh businessman and philanthropist, and lived with him in a beautiful area of Downtown Raleigh. Chickie led a very active life in the community, and helped manage the area's renowned women’s clothing store, Ellisberg’s, in Cameron Village. She took over as Ellisberg's President after her dear husband's early passing in 1970. Chickie was also an active member of Temple Beth Or, as well as it’s Sisterhood and Hadassah committees.
Chickie traveled all over the world, including New York, London, Paris, and parts of Africa, touching lives along the way. Many, both nationally and internationally, admired her terrific sense of style, and dedication to her customers and friends. While petite in stature, Chickie possessed an enormous personality. She could fill a room with her brilliant, sincere smile, and exuded warmth and kindness to anyone she encountered.
Chickie continues to be missed by many, both near and far. Her grandchildren, Lauren & Eric Ellisberg and Cecile & Claire Abeille have fond memories of playing with their grandmother in the family store, receiving secret sweets and candy, and her indelible sprit. She is especially missed by her children, Jerry and Barbara, both of whom would not have had the success and fortunes in their lives without the love and influence of their mother.