Merle E. White, 91, registered nurse

November 26, 2003

Merle E. White, a retired registered nurse who enjoyed painting, died of a lung infection Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 91.

Merle E. Whitely was born in Trappe and raised in a house on Bayonne Avenue in Hamilton, where she was to spend her life.

Educated in city public schools, she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1935 from the Delaware School of Nursing in Wilmington. She worked from 1935 to the early 1960s in the heart surgical recovery room at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1965 until 1977, she worked in the ear-nose-throat unit at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She was a private-duty nurse for the last 13 years of her career, retiring in 1990.

Mrs. White was the author of The Care of Post-Operative Heart Patients, a book published in the 1960s, said her daughter, Sue M. White of Hamilton.

She enjoyed painting landscapes, still-life scenes and flowers in watercolors and oils.

She was married in 1936 to Norman W. White, a sales manager who died in 1954. She also outlived three sons, Donald L. White, Wayne N. White and Courtney W. White.

She was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. White is survived by three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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