Cynthia Shirley Mellerson, a former administrative aide to Towson University presidents, died of a heart attack Aug. 8 at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Owings Mills resident was 59.
Family member said that Ms. Mellerson, who had retired from the university, was working for the Transportation Security Administration when she was stricken.
Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Carolina Mellerson, an Atlantic Furniture worker, and his wife, Evelyn Goodwin.
Raised on Bareva Road in Northwest Baltimore, she attended Garrison Junior High School and was a graduate of Walbrook High School. She took classes at Towson University and Morgan State University.
She initially worked at Towson University as a secretary. She became an administrative assistant in the office of the president and the provost.
After retiring from the school, she became a TSA worker at BWI.
She formerly sang in the choir and was a member of the youth and usher board at Leadenhall Baptist Church.
Family members said she was an accomplished cook. They described her as a second mother to her siblings.
Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at New Psalmist Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Terrah M. Paige-Young of Owings Mills; two brothers, Michael Mellerson and Melvin Mellerson, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Carolyn Scott, Regina Jackson and Michelle Minor; a close friend, Darlene Dorsey, who was raised with the family, also of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.