Mildred J. Hailey, a homemaker and volunteer, died Monday of heart failure at Vasona Creek Rehabilitation Center in San Jose, Calif. The former Linthicum Heights resident was 87.
The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, the former Mildred Jones was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, where she graduated from Howell's School for Girls.
While working for the Red Cross during World War II, she met an American serviceman from Kentucky, William Thomas Hailey, who was with the 889th Signal Corps attached to the 8th Air Force. They were married in 1946 and subsequently lived in New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, Virginia and Cambridge, England, during Mr. Hailey's Air Force career.
They moved to Hillendale in 1966, when Mr. Hailey went to work for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn as a systems analyst.
They later moved to Linthicum Heights, where Mrs. Hailey was active in the Women's Welsh Club. She provided "delicious food for many festivities," including her Welsh cakes based on an old family recipe, family members said.
She and her husband moved in 1977 to Eureka, Calif., where she volunteered for 30 years as a Pink Lady at St. Joseph's Hospital and Evergreen Lodge and established and coordinated the Junior Volunteer Candy Striper program.
She was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka and a member of Episcopal Church Women.
After her husband's death in 1999, Mrs. Hailey moved to San Jose.
Mrs. Hailey was an accomplished knitter and enjoyed filling tins at Christmas with homemade butter-laden cookies that she gave to family and friends.
Plans for a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery are incomplete.
Surviving are a son, William T. Hailey of Eagle Point, Ore.; two daughters, Anthea Smith of Hampden and Rebecca Stamm of San Jose; four sisters, Jenefer Hutton, Margery Jones and Elizabeth Jones, all of Wales, and Anthea Barley of Bristol, England; three granddaughters; and a great grandson. Another son, Richard W. Hailey, died in 2002; and an infant son, John Robert Hailey, died in 1959.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times