Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lowrie Childs Wurts Ebbert Oct. 30, 1921 - Oct. 22, 2015 Art Lover, Tireless Volunteer, 'Amazing Woman'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lowrie Childs Wurts Ebbert Oct. 30, 1921 - Oct. 22, 2015 Art Lover, Tireless Volunteer, 'Amazing Woman'

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Lowrie Childs Wurts Ebbert learned to love art at an early age and spent decades sharing that appreciation with others, from the halls of the Carnegie Museum of Art to the gardens and fountains in hidden corners of Pittsburgh.

"My grandmother was part of a long family tradition of art lovers," said George Childs of Point Breeze. "She and her sister [Mary "Mernie" Murtland Wurts Berger] did huge amounts of work in the community. The family was instrumental in acquiring artworks for the museum in the middle part of the century, and throughout the 1960s she worked with the curators to get an even larger collection."

Mrs. Ebbert, who spent nearly all of her life in Squirrel Hill, died Thursday morning of an esophageal tumor at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville. She was 93.

Mrs. Ebbert grew up on Northumberland Street, and her mother, Mary Murtland Wurts, was a friend of the Mellon and Scaife families. Mrs. Ebbert was an accomplished equestrian, according to her granddaughter, Louise Kay Childs Woodside, and as a teenager would exercise horses belonging to the Mellon family at their estate in Ligonier. "They would trust her with their thoroughbreds," Ms. Woodside said.

After attending Garrison Forest School in Maryland and Katy Gibbs School in Boston, Mrs. Ebbert met her future husband, George Singer Ebbert Jr., at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier. But their love would mean the end of her life with horses.

"She had to give it up when they realized that my grandfather was very much allergic to horsehair," Mr. Childs said. "Much of the artwork in the house was related to horses. She also loved porcelain art, fine china and antique furniture."

"She mainly collected decorative art and antiques, much of which she inherited from mother," Ms. Woodside said. "She was very interested in history and appreciated beautiful things. …

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