Betsy Smith Mills, 91

Volunteer, traveler

December 24, 2006

Betsy Smith Mills, a minister's wife who loved to volunteer and travel, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Roland Park Place. She was 91.

The daughter of a railroad vice president and an amateur artist, she was born Betsy Smith in Baltimore and graduated from Calvert School and Roland Park Country School. She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon.

She later attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., where she met her husband, Lawrence Mills, who was attending Harvard.

They married in 1937 and moved throughout the Northeast as Mr. Mills served as an Episcopal priest

They settled in Baltimore in 1966, and he became assistant to the Very Rev. John N. Peabody, dean of the Episcopal cathedral. Mr. Mills died in February.

When Mrs. Mills returned to Baltimore, she became an active member of the Perennial Garden Club, the Hamilton Street Club, the Mount Vernon Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

She also served on the Greater Baltimore Committee of CARE World Relief and was a longtime member of the steering committee of the Friends of St. Gabriel's.

"She loved functioning as a minister's wife," said son Lawrence Mills Jr. of Baltimore. "She loved to socialize. [Volunteering] was also important."

Mrs. Mills enjoyed travel, especially on cruise ships. London and Edinburgh, Scotland, were her favorite destinations.

"She was very passionate about traveling," said her son. "It was the pleasure and knowledge."

Funeral services will be determined at a later date.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Mills is survived by two daughters, Elinor Weinstein of Glyndon and Betsy Hughes of Dayton, Ohio; another son, Dudley Mills of Dayton; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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