The former Shirley Louise Smith was born and raised in Baltimore and was a graduate of Seton Keough High School.
While working as a secretary at The Sun in the 1960s and 1970s, she met her husband, Lawrence Joseph Meldrom, who also worked at the newspaper. They married in 1962.
During the early 1960s, the couple owned and operated a Sun route in Severna Park.
From 1984 to 2010, the former Ferndale couple lived in Winter Haven, Fla., and Mrs. Meldrom worked as a sales associate at Disney World. After her husband's death in 2010, she returned to Maryland to live with a daughter in Arnold.
She was a member of Ferndale Methodist Church and enjoyed reading the Bible and Bible study books.
Mrs. Meldrom liked riding roller coasters, said a daughter, Brenda Aversa of Arnold.
She also was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sons, Ted Weitzel of Linthicum, David Meldrom of Frederick and Wayne Weitzel of Parkville; two other daughters, Janice Dennstaedt of Washington state and Lura Riddel of Port Deposit; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun