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Mildred L. Pettit

Mildred L. Pettit

Mildred L. Pettit, a retired cosmetologist who aided her husband in his Harford County civil rights work, died Friday at Manor Care Health Services Roland Park of undetermined causes. She was 89.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy because she died so quickly," said her son, Alvin Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore attorney and author.

The daughter of Garland Miller, a handyman, and Hattie Forney Miller, a homemaker, Mildred Louise Miller, one of 11 children, was born and raised in Rutherfordton, N.C., where she graduated from public schools.

She left her hometown and lived with sisters in Summit, N.J., and Philadelphia before her 1943 marriage to George...