Mildred "Millie" Deering, a community volunteer who was active in arts and medical organizations and at the Hampton National Historic Site, died of cancer complications Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 81.
Born Mildred Heuisler Foley in Havre de Grace, she was a 1941 graduate of the old St. Joseph's College Academy in Emmitsburg. She earned a sociology degree at the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in Purchase, N.Y.
She was a Harford County social worker and later did intelligence work at the Aberdeen Proving Ground before her 1950 marriage to attorney L. Patrick Deering, who survives her.
She was a 20-year member of the Women's Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and helped found the Decorators Show House for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She helped launch the Kindergala fundraiser for the Kennedy-Krieger Institute and another charity event for the Arthritis Foundation of Maryland.
She also worked as a volunteer nursing aide at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Mrs. Deering wrote a pamphlet for the Hampton Mansion in Towson and was a volunteer there for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, bridge and solving crossword puzzles. Family members said she also enjoyed taking her grandchildren on trips to New York.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St., where she was a member.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Mark M. Deering of Baltimore and C. Randall Deering of Towson; three daughters, Anne Lawrence Deering of Sparks, Katherine Deering-Grieves of Baltimore and Margaret Deering Carlson, of Wellesley Hills, Mass.; a sister, Louise J. F. Angert of Havre de Grace; eleven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A son died in infancy.