Miriam E. W. Usilton, 93, homemaker

August 20, 2006

Miriam Elizabeth Walbert Usilton, a homemaker, died after a stroke Aug. 13 at her home in Chester. She was 93.

Miriam Elizabeth Walbert was born in Rock Hall. She attended Kent County public schools and worked briefly for C&P Telephone Co. She married Joseph Lamb Usilton in 1930.

The couple moved to Baltimore for a brief period during World War II, and her husband was hired by McCormick & Co. He was soon transferred to the Eastern Shore and put in charge of managing Parsons Island, a property that the company owned and used to entertain clients.

Mrs. Usilton helped her husband with his duties, tracking bookings and ordering items. But her primary role was looking after her family. "She was a homemaker and entertained lots of family and friends," said her daughter, Norma Patton of Chester. Mrs. Patton said her mother was an exceptional cook and recalled her "wonderful crab cakes."

In 1967, she and her husband built a home in Chester. Her husband died in 1992.

A funeral service was held Wednesday.

She is also survived by another daughter, Rosalie Tillman of Queenstown; a sister, Clara Nicholson of Church Hill; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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