Mary Coleman McMillian, a teacher's assistant in Baltimore public schools, died of cancer June 22 at Liberty Medical Center. She was 53.
Born in Society Hill, S.C., she was educated at Rosenwald High School there and was a star basketball player.
She came to Baltimore in 1975 and for about eight years worked in several centers operated by the city Department of Recreation and Parks. In 1983, she received an associate of arts from the Community College of Baltimore.
From 1985 until she retired in 1991, Ms. McMillian was a teacher's assistant.
She joined City Temple Baptist Church when she first arrived in Baltimore. For the last four years, she attended Union Baptist Church.