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 Margaret Virginia <I>McCart</I> Mills

Margaret Virginia McCart Mills

Old Town, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 25 Jun 2007 (aged 97)
Catonsville, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section St. Nicholas, lot 510
Memorial ID 49441316 · View Source
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Margaret Virgina (named after the wife of her mother's first cousin Nicholas Herbert)was the youngest daughter of Joe and Barbara Reichert McCart of 1116 Ensor Street in the Old Town neighborhood of East Baltimore. She was born in May 1910 and was known to all as Margie. She attended the St. James School.

There always had been a lot of sibling rivalry. Siblings Barbara, Bill, and Margie looked liked their father while Andrew and Mary resembled their mother. The kids called their parents Mom and Pop. The McCart family pets included a few housecats and a Jack Russell terrier named Spot due to a large black spot over his left eye. Margie also remembered an Irish Setter/Samoyed mixed breed dog that was given to them by her brother-in-law John Lipp (the dog only lived a short while).

Margie remembered helping her mother wash clothes, which was a project that lasted all day. Mom had several large galvanized tubs that were used. One day a week the McCarts hired a old "colored" woman named Mrs. Greenstreet to come to the house and rub all of the dirty laundry against a scrubbing board with soap and water. Then Mom would rinse the clothing in a tub of clear water. Next the clothing was soaked in a tub filled with a bluing agent, which made the clothes turn white. Finally Mom bought a washing machine that was mechanically run by water not electricity. The laundry was separated into colors and washed in the machine. But she still had Mrs. Greenstreet come and scrub the clothing again on the scrubbing board. The laundry was then dipped into the clear water and bluing agent. Then each article of clothing was put into a mechanical wringer that was used to squeeze out the excess water. Margie remembered that it was her chore to wring out the laundry. One time while bending over the machine, her hair comb became caught and it pulled out a large clump of her hair that took months to grow back. The damp clothes were then hung outside to dry in the small backyard on clothesline ropes attached with wooden clothespins.

Margie was introduced to her future husband Robert Mills of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1932 by their mutual friends George Yox and Ann Wist. Margie wasn't very impressed with Bob for the first six months. But after dating for three and a half years they were married in May 1935 when Margie was 25 years old. Since Bob was not a Roman Catholic, they were married in the rectory of the Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church. Friends George and Ann were their witnesses and were also married a few years later. Margie was laid off from her job at the Hecht Brothers Company and then took care of their first house - a rowhome at 4800 Park Heights Avenue near the Pimlico racetrack in West Baltimore. The Mills rented the upstairs of the six-room house to an older single woman. Bob was working for United Railway as a streetcar conductor. Margie worked for about six months at the order department of the Montgomery Ward & Company (America's first catalog mail-order house in 1904) on Monroe Street in South Baltimore to earn extra money. After a few years they sold this house and bought a larger house at 1207 W. Northern Parkway between the neighborhoods of Roland Park and Mt. Washington in Northwest Baltimore. Bob and Margie rented out the second and third floors of the seventeen-room house to other tenants. Their house was adjacent to property on the corner of Falls Road and Northern Parkway that was used as a garden nursery.

Their only child Bobby, Jr. was born three weeks premature on May 27, 1939. Her mother Barbara came to stay with her and both met her sister Barbara Adelhardt ("You better get in there as fast as you can!") outside of St. Joseph's Hospital. Margie passed out and didn't remember a pain or ache from the delivery. She and little Bobby remained in the hospital for 14 days.

By the late 1950's, Bobby had finished grammar school at St. Ambrose School and graduated from Calvert Hall College. He had grown into a handsome blonde man with boyish dimples similar to the popular crooner of the time, Pat Boone. After attending the University of Maryland for three years, Bobby began working as a sales representative commuting home to Baltimore on weekends from an apartment in Alexandria, Virginia. On a ski weekend at Seven Springs in Pennsylvania, Bobby met Carol Hill. After a whirlwind courtship, they married in 1964 and he adopted her four-year-old son Ricky. Young Bob and Carol moved to Reisterstown in Baltimore County and had two more children, Kelly (1965) and Rob (1966). Carol received her doctorate in psychology from Johns Hopkins University and Bob (along with his partner, Barry) became the owner of an electrical distributorship (C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply) located on Washington Boulevard in Arbutus, Maryland. After teaching at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a number of years, Carol was hired in 1988 as the Director of Research for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. Bob and Carol have traveled extensively and have enjoyed their vacation home in the mountains of West Virginia over the years. For 19 years, the Mills family lived in Parkton, Maryland, but in 1997 moved into a newly constructed home in Reisterstown where they could be close to their three children and seven grandchildren. Marge Mills loved her three grandchildren. Rick Mills graduated from the University of Maryland, is married to Robin Shoul, and works for Otis Elevator. They have two children, Kate (1991) and Andrew (1993) and live in Reisterstown. Kelly Mills is married to Peter Gray who works for the family business (CNR Lighting). They have three children, Peter John or P.J. (1994), Parker (1995), and Kendall (1998) and live in the town of Finksburg in Carroll County, Maryland. Rob Mills runs the family business (after Bob retired in 2001) and is married to Kathryn Bruno of Princeton, New Jersey. After working in the field of special education for a number of years, Kathryn now devotes her time to raising their two boys, Jack (2000) and Harry (2002). They live in Reisterstown, Maryland.

In 1964, Bob Mills, Sr. was hospitalized at Maryland General for three weeks due to angina caused by heart disease. He was forced to retire early but still had a fatal heart attack on January 4, 1966 and died at the age of 61.

Margie had always been a very independent woman and continued to live in the Northern Parkway home and maintained the two upstairs apartments for the next 23 years. Margie would bake the best tasting Jewish Apple Cake with her own special recipe. She also continued to be a cat lover. Two pet cats that she loved very much over the years were named Whiskers and Jamie. Margie also was loved by her great nieces and nephews and she particularly took care of Karen and Tommy Stass while their mother was ill with cancer. On January 29, 1994, Margie moved to a retirement residential facility called the Charlestown Community Center in Catonsville in Baltimore County. A year later she sold the family home on Northern Parkway to the next-door nursery owner. She continued to live with her cat Jamie at Charlestown into her nineties and later required nursing care. She died on June 25, 2007 at the age of 97 and was the only McCart to live into the 21st century. Her funeral was held at the chapel at Charlestown and she was buried next to her husband Bob at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49441316
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Virginia McCart Mills (26 May 1910–25 Jun 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49441316, citing Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Bill Horten (contributor 47074755) .