Doris M. Everett, Secretary And Wave

November 22, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Doris M. Everett, a retired secretary who served as a Navy WAVE during World War II and the Korean War, died Nov. 12 of breast cancer at her Overlea home. She was 86.

Doris Miles was born in Baltimore and raised in the Herring Run neighborhood. After graduating from Eastern High School in 1940, she went to work in the directory department of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

In 1943, she became a Navy WAVE and was trained as an airplane handler.

"She drove a tractor that parked and moved airplanes at the Anacostia Naval Base in Washington," said her husband of 57 years, William E. Everett, a retired United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. purchasing department executive.

When the war ended, Mrs. Everett, who had been discharged with the rank of seaman first class and remained in the Naval Reserve, returned to her former job at C&P.

"She was called up during the Korean War, where she served as a communication technician and later was secretary in Washington to the chief of the Navy section at the National Security Agency - which in those days wasn't supposed to exist - and was called 'No Such Agency,' " Mr. Everett said.

After leaving the Navy in 1952, she returned again to C&P briefly before becoming a homemaker and raising her family.

She went back to work after her children were grown, and during the 1970s was secretary to the manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and later at Essex Community College. She retired in 1990.

An avid theatergoer, Mrs. Everett was a member of the board of Cockpit in the Court theater in Essex.

Mrs. Everett enjoyed ice skating and was an avid collector of Hummel figurines, her husband said.

She was a parishioner of the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave., where a memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. today. Her ashes will be interred at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also surviving are two sons, William R. Everett of Abingdon and Miles E. Everett of Thomaston, Conn.; a sister, Nancy Wetzel of Timonium; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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