Shew Yung Der, 96, restaurants' co-founder Shew Yung...

February 06, 2000

Shew Yung Der, 96, restaurants' co-founder

Shew Yung Der, co-founder of the Lotus Inn and Golden Dragon Inn restaurants in West Baltimore, died Wednesday of pneumonia at her Randallstown home. She was 96.

Mrs. Der ran the Chinese restaurants with her husband, Tell Bin "Benny" Der, who died eight years ago. The Lotus Inn closed about 30 years ago, and the couple's children now run the Golden Dragon.

Born in 1904 in Kwangchow, China, Mrs. Der moved to the United States when she was 35 to join her husband, who had established a chain of four hand laundries in the Forest Park area of Baltimore.

In 1951, the Der family opened the Lotus Inn at Northern Parkway and Reisterstown Road. Mrs. Der continued to operate the hand laundries for a decade while her husband ran the restaurant.

"She used to have one kid on her back, and she had another in a rocker while she was doing the laundry," said her daughter, May Ling Der Russell of Randallstown.

In 1962, the Ders sold the last of the laundries, and Mrs. Der joined her husband at the Lotus Inn. In October 1968, the Ders opened the Golden Dragon Inn in the 8100 block of Liberty Road. About two years later, they closed the Lotus Inn.

Mrs. Der worked as the restaurant's cashier until she was 87.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Min Huey Der of Randallstown and Min Chang Der of Ellicott City; two other daughters, Mae Der Watson of Winfield and Ngook Ping Der of Randallstown; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Jeannette J. Smith, 69, business teacher

Jeannette Josephine Smith, a retired Good Shepherd Center business teacher, died Monday of cancer at her Catonsville home. She was 69.

Born Jeannette Lockard in Long Branch, N. J., she was raised in Grafton, W.Va., where she graduated from Grafton High School in 1948. She was a 1958 graduate of West Virginia University and worked for her father's weekly newspaper in Grafton.

She moved to Catonsville in 1967. She taught typing and word processing at Good Shepherd Center in Arbutus for more than 20 years, and retired in 1996.

Mrs. Smith attended performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Company.

In 1958, she married Alan J. Smith, a Social Security Administration employee, who survives her.

A memorial service was held yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

She also is survived by a son, Thomas A. Smith of Edinburg, Va.; two daughters, Arvie L. Bromley of Henderson, Nev., and Shelley L. Smith of Catonsville; a sister, Arvie Byers of Sun City, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Rosa Williams Miller, 87, Pearl Harbor eyewitness

Rosa Williams Miller, the wife of a career Navy officer and an eyewitness to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke at Roland Park Place. She was 87.

The former Rosa Dulany Chew Williams was born and raised in the 3000 block of N. Calvert St. In 1935, she married William Reynolds Miller Sr., who graduated from the Naval Academy that year. He died in 1988.

A marine architect, Mr. Miller was assigned to Pearl Harbor in June 1941.

"Of all things, we left on Friday, June 13, 1941," said her daughter, Rosa Miller Persons of Fairport, N.Y.

"She heard the bombing on Dec. 7 and thought at first that it must have been some sort of drill and then thought it didn't quite figure because it was a Sunday," she said.

"The attack really was very much a part of her life," Mrs. Persons said.

During the Korean War, Mrs. Miller headed the Gray Ladies at Yokosuka Naval Base Hospital in Japan, who nursed wounded servicemen.

After her husband's retirement from the Navy in 1960, the couple moved to Roland Park. She was active in the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Maryland and was the organization's president from 1968 to 1971.

She had been a longtime active communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where she was the second woman to be named to the vestry.

Mrs. Miller, a 1930 graduate of Bryn Mawr School, made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon that year. In 1934, she earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College and taught for a year at St. Timothy School for Girls.

Services were held at St. Stephens Traditional Episcopal Church, 11856 Mays Chapel Road, Timonium.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Miller is survived by two sons, William Reynolds Miller Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, and Robert Hanson Miller of Cupertino, Calif.; a brother, Thomas John Chew Williams of Alexandria, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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