Hilda O. Horton, 85, of Westminster

Hilda Outlaw Horton, 85, of Westminster, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Born March 20, 1927, in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Don Albert and Lizzie Simmons Outlaw. She was the wife of the late Roy Horton.

She had been the director of Dietary Services at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville. She graduated from Berea College, in Berea, Ky. She served her internship at Watts Hospital in Durham, N.C. In 1953 she worked as the only dietician at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, N.C., then moved to Mary Elizabeth Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. In 1958 she worked for South Hospital Food Management Company in Charleston, W.Va.

In 1960 she married her husband and they moved to Maryland. In 1962, she started to work for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She worked at Rosewood Hospital Center and was then recruited to work at Springfield Hospital Center in 1966 as the director of Dietary Services. At that time, Springfield Hospital Center was the largest state facility with 3,400 patients. She retired in 1987 after 25 years of service, including 21 years of perfect attendance.

She was an active member of the Maryland Dietetic Association, where she was the co-chair of the therapy section and spearheaded the writing and printing of the first MDA Renal Booklet, now sold nationally. She served as an officer and on several committees as well. Her family was important to her and, after her retirement, she enjoyed volunteering. She volunteered and cooked for the Springfield Patient Canteen for several years and at the Bear's Paw in Ellicott City. She volunteered with "We Care" and sewed thousands of items for oncology patients to use, including anxiety quilts used at St. Agnes Hospital. She also volunteered on the Library Committee at Carroll Lutheran Village for five years, and had lived at Carroll Lutheran Village since 2005.

Surviving are sisters Peggy Stubs, of Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, and Lottie Outlaw Whaley and husband Virgil, of Kinston; brother Albert J. Outlaw and wife Jo Ann, of Kinston; six nieces; three nephews; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Charles Stubs.

Interment will take place in North Carolina at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Lutheran Village, Resident's Assistance Fund, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158.

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