Claire Adele Miliman Fried, who devoted her life to helping those in need, died Wednesday of a brain tumor at her Mount Washington home. She was 70.
"She had this unstinting desire to help those in need," her daughter, Lois I. Kline of Laramie, Wyo., said. "She had a tremendous compassion for people.
"She took care of an elderly neighbor lady who was widowed. She promised her that she would take care of her and she did. Everyday she fed her meals and looked after her. After she died, her lawyer told my mother that she had given her an extra seven years of life because of her care and devotion."
Mrs. Fried's husband, retired Air Force Col. Meyer Z. Fried, said, "There is a Hebrew word, tzedakah, which means charity. It describes her perfectly.
"Whenever a piece of mail from a charity arrived, she'd send them some money. She couldn't resist," said her husband, who married her in 1946.
She was a volunteer reader for the blind, taught English to Russian immigrants, and worked on a project to restore and preserve historic Cylburn Arboretum and mansion.
Born and reared in Pimlico in Northwest Baltimore, she was a 1942 graduate of Western High School. During World War II, she worked for the Employment Service War Manpower Commission.
In the early 1950s, she was an administrative assistant to a Mount Washington homebuilder, retiring in 1965. She was active in numerous organizations, including the Royal Sisters Society, Hadassah, the Talmudical Academy Ladies Auxiliary, Levindale Ladies Auxiliary, Jewish War Veterans Post 167 Ladies Auxiliary and Lamda Sigma Tau.
Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore. Other survivors include a son, Eric A. Fried of Laurel; and a grandson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Home Care and Hospice Program, Suite 440, 21 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills 21117.