Mildred A. Mack, 64, artist, horse breeder

December 10, 2005

Mildred A. Mack, an artist who also bred, raised and trained Arabian horses, died of ovarian cancer Wednesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was 64 and lived in Jefferson, Frederick County.

Mildred Ann Edwards was born and raised in Essex, the daughter and granddaughter of notable boat builders. She was a 1958 graduate of Kenwood High School.

Mrs. Mack spent summers during the 1960s working as a boardwalk artist in Atlantic City, N.J., and also as a model.

"During the late 1960s, she was `Miss Black Label' for the Carling Brewing Co.," said her husband of 32 years, Ferdinand J. Mack Sr., a retired lawyer in Frederick and Montgomery counties.

She also had a part-time job working in several Baltimore paint shops demonstrating paints and painting techniques.

A former Colts and Washington Whips soccer team cheerleader during the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Mack also taught baton twirling.

"Her specialty was the fire baton," her husband said.

Since 1981, she and her husband lived at their farm in Jefferson, Mulberry Arabian Farm, where they bred and raised Arabians.

"She was a city girl who fell in love with the country. She learned to ride side-saddle, and in addition to raising Arabians, we also showed and sold them," Mr. Mack said.

In 1975, Mrs. Mack earned her private pilot's license and, with her husband, flew all over the nation and to the Bahamas in their single-engine Comanche.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Oppossumtown Road, Frederick.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mack is survived by a son, Ferdinand J. Mack Jr. of Jefferson; three stepsons, Stephen Mack, Jeffrey Mack and John Mack, all of Frederick; three stepdaughters, Jennifer Mack, Adrian Mack and Amanda Roach, all of Frederick; a sister, Elaine Maxa of Parkville; and a niece and a nephew.

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