Marguerite L. T. Mills, 78, founder of 'Severna Park Voice' Resident of Round Bay had newspaper career, was active in community

November 29, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Marguerite L. T. Mills, a newspaper reporter and editor who founded the Severna Park Voice, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Round Bay. She was 78.

Mrs. Mills' original publication was called the Severna Park Magazine and later the Voice of the Village; both evolved into the Severna Park Voice, a 5,000-circulation monthly tabloid featuring community news. She also had edited and published the Washington Byline and the Senior Sentinel, which have ceased publication.

"She was always proud that throughout her life she always had a press card," said a daughter, Laurie Lipsey of Severna Park, who will continue as the paper's editor. "She was the kind of person who would be up early and out the door. . . . She had a tremendous amount of energy."

Born and raised in San Diego, a descendant of a land-grant family in California, the former Marguerite L. Titus began her journalism career in high school. After attending San Diego State University, she worked for the San Diego Blade Tribune in the 1930s.

In 1936, she and James E. Mills, a career Marine Corps officer, were married. After he retired with the rank of colonel in 1963, the couple settled in Severna Park. He died in 1988.

Mrs. Mills chaired the Anne Arundel County March of Dimes for several years; helped raise money for Sarah's House, a shelter for battered women; and was an originator of Severna Park's annual Fourth of July Parade.

She also founded the Park Players, an amateur theater group, and worked for the Office of Aging using music as therapy. She visited nursing homes with her kitchen band, known as the Syncopated Seniors. She also sang with the Arundelair Sweet Adeline Chorus and was a member of the Severn Town Club and Homemakers and the Marine Officers Wives Club.

She handled public relations for the Wroxter School, served as a director of the Chesapeake Academy and organized fund-raisers help build St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

She is survived by two other daughters, Dianne Humphries of Arnold, and Patrice Bourne of Owings ; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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