Anita B. Millison, a grief therapist and former teacher, died of cancer Sunday at her Columbia home. She was 68.
Anita Greenfeld was born in Detroit and moved with her family to Pikesville in the late 1940s.
She was a 1956 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University in 1960.
She taught for three years in Baltimore County elementary schools before leaving to raise her family.
A resident of Columbia since 1968, Mrs. Millison earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1979.
During her career as a therapist in private practice, Mrs. Millison specialized in grief therapy and was a popular lecturer at various seminars and conventions.
She was a founding member of Omega, which later became Howard County Hospice, and was the first president of the Wilde Lake Cooperative Nursery School.
She was also a founding member of the Columbia Jewish Congregation.
She was chairwoman of its long-term planning committee and sang with the congregation's choir.
Mrs. Millison enjoyed knitting, exercising and travel.
Surviving are her husband of nine years, William Tyler, former director of finance for Annapolis; three sons, Theodore S. Millison of Tampa, Fla., James H. Millison of Marriottsville and Robert D. Millison of Mount Airy; a brother, David Greenfeld of Stoney Creek, Conn.; and five grandchildren. Her first husband of 13 years, Carl E. Millison, an accountant, died in 1975.