Ms. Georgia Engel, of New York, N.Y., was laid to rest at a private grave- side service at Cape Charles Cemetery Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Her family read passages from the Bible and Sci- ence and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Ed- dy. Julia Wade, of New Jersey, sang Amazing Grace.
Ms. Engel was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Vice Adm. Benjamin F. Engel,
U.S. Coast Guard, and Ruth Carolyn En- gel. She is survived by her sisters, Robin Engel, of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Pen- ny Lusk, of Cheriton; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and two aunts. Ms. Engel was the youngest of the three sisters and showed a talent for dancing and love of theater at a young age. The family moved often. Ms. Engel started school in Kodiak, Alaska, and graduated from high school in Washington, D.C., from the Washington School of Ballet in 1966.
After graduating, she performed in summer stock theater before joining her family in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grad- uated from the University of Hawaii in 1969, majoring in drama. She immedi- ately returned to Washington, D.C., and started her professional career with a stint at the American Light Opera Com- pany. Shortly thereafter she was performing on Broadway.
Her career spanned more than 50 years and included stage, film and television. She is best known for her role as “Georgette” on the Mary Tyler Moore show.
Ms. Engel was a lifelong student of Christian Science and devoted to serving her church, including teach- ing Sunday School and serving in the Christian Science Reading Room. She was elected first and second reader for her church many times.
She was also a devoted aunt to five nephews, one niece, and 11 great-nieces and nephews, all of whom adored her. She was also devoted to Baby the Cat, her faithful pet of 18 years.
Ms. Engel was born July 28, 1948, in Washington, D.C., and died of natural causes April 12, 2019 in Princeton, N.J. She will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.