Mildred Willis Loud

[ Age 90 ] She worked in real estate accounting more than 25 years.

December 20, 2007|By Jacques Kelly

Mildred Willis Loud, who had worked in a downtown Baltimore real estate firm, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 13 at her daughter's home in Northwest Baltimore. She was 90 and lived in Mount Washington.

Born Mildred Willis in Betterton, she was the daughter of Ida Willis, who ran the old Wiltshire summer hotel on the Eastern Shore, and Charles Willis, a waterman.

"She often fondly remembered her years there, helping her mother in the hotel, enjoying the seafood her father caught and the fresh vegetables her mother grew, and spending time at Betterton's beach," said her daughter, Lorraine Loud Wizda of Baltimore.

Mrs. Loud married her childhood sweetheart, Edward C. Loud Jr., in 1942, and they moved to Baltimore, where they did piecework at the old Western Electric Point Breeze Works in Southeast Baltimore.

"They worked the night shift, and on their way home on the streetcar they stopped at Lexington Market and bought their groceries," her daughter said. "Then they returned to their home in Mount Washington."

Mrs. Loud showed dogs professionally for many years with her husband. They traveled throughout the East Coast and became known for showing champions.

In the 1950s, she managed the music department at the Stewart's department store at Howard and Lexington streets.

She was a supporter of the Baltimore Colts through Colts Corral No. 1, a fan club that her husband co-founded.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Loud worked at a travel agency, Sports Tours Inc. on West 25th Street, a business that her husband established to arrange out-of-town trips to sporting events, including Colts games.

She also worked in real estate accounting for more than 25 years at the Charles H. Steffey firm on Lexington Street. She retired a decade ago.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking and travel.

Graveside services were held Tuesday in Chestertown.

Other survivors include a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons. Her husband died in 1975.

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