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Mildred Atkinson
Mildred Atkinson

Mildred Atkinson, a housing and civil rights advocate who hosted a long-running holiday party, died Dec.13 at her granddaughter's Woodbine home. The former Bolton Hill resident was 105. Born in Baltimore on April 26, 1909, she was the daughter of Logan Dyke, a steel erecting contractor, and the former Grace Jones, a homemaker and beauty shop owner. She attended Forest Park High School and also took courses at Strayer Business School. At the age of 15, she eloped to Elkton with Jack C. Maitland, who worked in construction with her father. She divorced in 1933 after the birth of her two sons. "One day, while working as a bookkeeper for the Community Laundry, Mildred met a...