Ida S. Miller, 95, tutored children with disabilities

July 27, 2004

Ida S. Miller, who tutored mentally disabled children, died in her sleep July 20 at Roland Park Place. She was 95.

Ida Barrett Shelley was born and raised in Forty Fort, Pa. She graduated in 1926 from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va., and earned her bachelor's degree from Beaver College in 1930.

In 1933, she married Dr. J. Malcolm Miller, a West Pittston, Pa., dentist who died in 1976.

"She successfully taught basic reading and math to children who suffered from Down syndrome and were thought to be uneducable. She had lots of patience and had students until moving to Baltimore in 1990," said grandson Douglas F. Schmidt of Roland Park.

Mrs. Miller enjoyed playing bridge.

She lived at Elkridge Estates before moving several years ago to Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St., where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 19.

She is also survived by a daughter, Virginia M. Schmidt of Baltimore, another grandson and a great-grandson.

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