Margaret Lee 'Peggy' Miles, 75, museum volunteerMargaret...

January 19, 1998

Margaret Lee 'Peggy' Miles, 75, museum volunteer

Margaret Lee "Peggy" Miles, a descendant of prominent state figures and a longtime museum volunteer, died Thursday at Lee Crest, the Leonardtown home where she was born 75 years ago.

She claimed among her ancestors Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and John Eager Howard, Maryland's fifth governor.

A keen interest in Colonial history led to nearly 20 years as a volunteering guide for visitors to St. Mary's City, a living history museum.

The St. Mary's County commissioners recognized her contributions by naming her as one of Maryland's Beautiful People in September.

She also was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Pilgrims of St. Mary's and the county historical society.

She and Robert Lee Miles, her husband of 58 years, shared an interest in politics, but preferred to work in the background, said their son, James Fenner Lee Miles of Houston. He remembered visits to the family home by the late Republican governor and Baltimore mayor Theodore R. McKeldin and perennially unsuccessful Democratic candidate George P. Mahoney.

"Any time a candidate for governor wanted to know the mentality of the [Southern Maryland] tri-county, they always came to see Mother," Mr. Miles said.

A lifelong member of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic Church, she served as president of its Ladies of Charity and often decorated the church for holy days.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Leonardtown church.

In addition to her husband and son, survivors include four daughters, Cornelia Miles Mattingly of San Clemente, Calif., Mary Lee Warner of Acton, Mass., Roberta Howard Loker of Chaptico in St. Mary's County and Sarah Fenner Borkowski of Keystone, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

Walter Burton Walsh, 70, owned heating oil company

Walter Burton Walsh, owner of a Baltimore heating oil company, died of emphysema Thursday at his home in Crownsville. He was 70.

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Walsh moved as a child to Baltimore, where his father, Dr. Frank B. Walsh, became a renowned ophthalmologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Clinic.

Mr. Walsh was a graduate of Gilman School and attended the Johns Hopkins University. He worked in advertising and sales for American Oil Co. before starting his firm, Ewbank-Walsh Oil Co. He retired in 1981.

Services will be held at 12: 30 p.m. today at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church, 921 Generals Highway, Millersville.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jean Hall Bloomquist Walsh; two sons, F. Burton Walsh II of Cape St. Claire and Ralph E. Walsh of Baltimore; two daughters, Wendy W. Cox of Parkton and Eleanor W. Sheain of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/19/98

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