Mildred Frances Kendrick, 69, interior designer Mildred...

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February 21, 2002

Mildred Frances Kendrick, 69, interior designer

Mildred Frances Kendrick, a horse breeder and interior designer in the Baltimore area, died Saturday of a suspected aneurysm at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was 69 and had lived in Hornell, N.Y., for two years.

Born Mildred Brabham in Reisterstown, she attended Baltimore public schools and earned her degree from Sheffield School of Interior Design in New York.

She operated an interior design and drapery business for more than 35 years in the Baltimore and Westminster areas before health problems led her to pass the business on to a daughter, Lydia Anne Cress of Westminster.

While recuperating from major surgeries, she spent time with horses on the family's breeding farm in Hornell, N.Y., traveled internationally and visited with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband of 49 years, Melvin R. Kendrick, moved to their farm in Hornell two years ago.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, David W. Kendrick of Hornell; another daughter, Laura Lee Leedy of Finksburg; a sister, Lillian Stiff of Saltillo, Miss.; three half-sisters, Mae Caldwell of Valrico, Fla., Madeline Carter of Towson and Ruth Volz of Timonium; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John C. Dodd Jr., 79, businessman, veteran

John C. "Jack" Dodd Jr., a retired Eastern Shore businessman and World War II combat veteran who had been a prisoner of war, died of heart disease Feb. 14 at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 79.

The Eastern Shore native and Easton resident was a graduate of Cordova High School and attended business college in Wilmington, Del.

From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Army as a stereoscopic observer, charged with determining an aircraft's altitude. He participated in battles in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and the Ardennes. He was wounded and taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge, remaining in captivity for nearly four months in 1944 and 1945.

In 1948, he went into business as a beer distributor, and over time built a one-man operation into a company with 25 employees. By the time the J.C. Dodd Distributing Co. was sold in 1986, it had captured more than half the market in Talbot, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Dorchester and Kent counties as the exclusive Anheuser-Busch wholesaler.

He was a member of numerous organizations and clubs over the years, among them the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Easton lodges of the Elks and Moose.

Services were held yesterday in Easton.

He is survived by his wife, the former Irma Everngam; two daughters, Sandra Dodd of Easton and Jacqueline Payne of Rohnert Park, Calif.; three sons, John C. Dodd III and Rickey J. Dodd, both of Easton, and Gary J. Dodd of Hockessin, Del.; and five grandchildren.

Lydia Biddle Lightner, 95, registered nurse

Lydia Biddle Lightner, a retired registered nurse, died of renal failure Friday at Golden Crest Assisted Living in Westminster. She was 95 and had lived in Westminster for 18 years.

Born in Jacksonville, Ill., she majored in French at Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1931, she completed her nursing education in Denver before moving to Frederick to teach nursing at Frederick City Hospital.

Her husband of a half-century, N. Edward Lightner, died in 1984.

Mrs. Lightner worked as a nurse and office manager in doctors' offices, and worked with the Red Cross after her retirement. She was active in several churches and enjoyed intricate cross-stitch projects.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 3 in Little Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College, followed by a reception in the president's house.

She is survived by a son, James E. Lightner of Westminster, a professor emeritus at Western Maryland College.

Joel William Newton, 77, housing agency supervisor

A memorial service for Joel William Newton, a retired Housing Authority of Baltimore City supervisor, will be held at 1 p.m. March 2 at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2110 Madison Ave., where he had been a deacon and elder.

The Northwest Baltimore resident and city native died of pneumonia Feb. 8 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 77.

A 1943 graduate of Douglass High School, he served in the Army during World War II and later earned degrees from Morgan State University and New York University. He was a housing manager, supervisor and assistant to the city's deputy housing commissioner before he retired in 1999.

He was a former maitre d' for Harry M. Stevens sports caterers at the Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park race track clubhouse restaurants.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Sarah Williams. A daughter, Dr. Karen Newton, died in 1992.

Frances E. Royster, 74, Social Security supervisor

Frances E. Royster, a retired federal employee, died Saturday of heart failure at her West Baltimore home. She was 74.

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