Muriel B. Stinnett, 81 small-business owner

May 05, 2002

Muriel Brown Stinnett, a retired small-business owner, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. She was 81.

Born in Calvert County, Miss Stinnett attended Baltimore City public schools. As the fifth of 14 children, she helped raise her brothers and sisters.

A year after graduating from Douglass Senior High School, Miss Stinnett moved to New York City, where she took a job in a Defense Department munitions plant. After 20 years, she moved on to a metal engraving company, where she worked until opening a variety store in the Bronx.

Miss Stinnett returned in the early 1990s to Baltimore, where she lived with a brother, Burton W. Stinnett, and helped children in the community.

"She helped raise all the children," Mr. Stinnett said. "Everybody was her child."

She was remembered as an outgoing person who loved gospel music and talking to friends and neighbors.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Nutter's Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Miss Stinnett is also survived by three other brothers, O'Neal V. Stinnett, Vernon L. Stinnett, and Alvin H. Stinnett, all of Baltimore; and three sisters, Clifforde Peels and Marva L. Branch of Baltimore, and Betty Butler of Westminster.

The family suggests gifts be made to the American Cancer Society.

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