Mike Bleything, her husband of 17 years, said he was introduced to his wife in 1996 by a mutual friend. Before taking her out on their first date, to Timbuktu restaurant near BWI, "we talked on the phone for four hours. I liked her ease, her honesty. I could just tell on the phone" she was the right one for him, added Bleything, 69, who served 26 years on the Laurel police force. Today, he oversees the parking operation at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.