Margaret O. van Reuth, 88, longtime volunteer Margaret...

March 10, 2002

Margaret O. van Reuth, 88, longtime volunteer

Margaret O. van Reuth, an avid traveler and longtime volunteer throughout the Baltimore region, died of pneumonia Monday at Brightwood Retirement Community in Baltimore County. She was 88.

Margaret Opitz was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and moved to Baltimore as a child. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1930, and in 1937 she married Arthur G. van Reuth.

FOR THE RECORD - Correction
Margaret O. van Reuth: An obituary published yesterday failed to include a grandson among the survivors. The obituary also omitted information about memorial contributions, which may be made to the Junior League of Baltimore Marge van Reuth Fund for the Wise Penny, 3818 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21211.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"She was bright, curious, insightful and compassionate," said her daughter, Linda A. van Reuth of Ruxton.

"And loving," added Mr. van Reuth.

Mrs. van Reuth was active with the Junior League of Baltimore, volunteering at the Wise Penny, a consignment store operated by that organization. She also volunteered at St. David's Episcopal Church, which she and her husband attended. She also enjoyed activities with the Paint and Powder Club and taught Sunday school at Church of the Redeemer.

She and her husband traveled extensively, with Mrs. van Reuth's favorite destination being Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. van Reuth is survived by another daughter, M. Hedy Hill of Timonium; and two sisters, Clara Marx of Cockeysville and Hedwig Ewing of Stoneleigh.

James Rogers Tillman, 87, refinery worker, farmer

James Rogers Tillman, a superintendent at the American Smelting and Refining Co. and the owner of a farm in Joppa responsible for Christmas trees in thousands of living rooms across the region, died Monday at Vantage House after a long illness. He was 87 and a past resident of Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties.

Mr. Tillman attended Towson High School and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1936 with a degree in chemistry. He worked at American Smelting's copper refinery in Baltimore from 1936 to 1971. Many of those years, especially during World War II, the refinery was the largest in the world.

Along with his wife, the former Joyce Hall, he owned and operated the 110-acre Good Endeavor Farm in Joppa on the Little Gunpowder River. His wife died in 1995.

Mr. Tillman served on committees of the Harford County Board of Education, the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the Maryland Sheepbreeders Association, the Maryland Christmas Tree Growers Association and the Southern States Cooperative. He was also a past leader of the Joppa-Magnolia 4-H Pony Club, and his farm played host to many regional horse shows.

A celebration of Mr. Tillman's life will be held April 6 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia.

Mr. Tillman is survived by a daughter, Marsha Lemly of Rocky Mount, N.C.; a son, Ned Tillman of Ellicott City; and a brother, Richard Tillman of Towson.

Ruth Louise Miller, 64, library circulation clerk

Ruth Louise Miller, a circulation clerk for the Carroll County Public Library and a community activist, died Tuesday of complications from surgery at Carroll County General Hospital. She was 64 and lived in Westminster.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Miller was a circulation clerk at the Westminster branch of the library, where she had worked since 1995. In the late 1980s, she had worked in the shoe department of Leggett's, now Belk department store, in Westminster.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Ruth Louise Walker was a 1955 graduate of Eastern High School.

She worked for several years as an executive secretary at Procter & Gamble. In 1964, she married William Emory Miller, and she retired from the company two years later.

In 1967, the Millers moved to Westminster, where Mrs. Miller served as as troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 91 and as a district volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

She was also active in school organizations, working with the Parent Boosters and Parents Advisory Councils at Westminster High School. She was a member of the Maple Crest Homemaker's Club, which is now part of the Carroll County Association for Family and Community Education.

An avid gardener, she also enjoyed needlework, reading and taking courses at Carroll Community College.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Westminster.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Miller is survived by her three daughters, Amy L.M. Meyers and Alison G. Miller, both of Westminster, and Elizabeth L. Miller of Lancaster, Pa.; a sister, Janet E. Schultz of Lancaster, Pa.; and two granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carroll County Public Library, 115 Airport Drive, Westminster 21157.

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