NEW YORK -- Elsie Woodward, the mother of the wealthy racehorse owner who was shot to death by his wife in 1955, died Monday of a heart attack in her apartment at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. She was 99.
A spokesman for the hotel said Mrs. Woodward was found dead about 2:10 a.m. He said she lived there for several years.
A service for Mrs. Woodward will be held in St. Bartholomew's Church, one block north of the Waldorf, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Woodward is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Woodward Cushing, who lives in Rhode Island, and her grandchildren, among them William Woodward III, who ran several years ago for state Senate on Manhattan's East Side.
Mrs. Woodward's son, William II, bred the racehorse Nashua. He left a $12.6 million estate.
He was killed at the age of 34 by his wife, Ann, who said she mistook him for a prowler. She was never charged in the slaying and died of an overdose of sleeping pills in a Fifth Avenue apartment in 1976.
Mrs. Woodward's husband, William, died in 1953. He was chairman of the Central-Hanover Bank of New York and owned Belair Stud, a leading racing stable that produced two triple crown winners, Gallant Fox and Omaha.