Shirley Hylton Fout Miller, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Hagerstown, Md.
She was born at historic "Richfield" in Frederick, Md., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1925, to Hollis Steaver Fout and Margaret (Maggie) Lou Cox.
Her younger sister, Joan, died of diphtheria when Shirley was 5. At the age of 12, Shirley contracted tuberculosis and was quarantined in a sanitarium. She was not expected to survive and remained bedridden for 11 years.
Shirley spent that time teaching herself art, design, and drawing. When she was released, she entered separate apprenticeships under noted artists Ruth Keppler and Lily Spandorf.
Shirley then began a lengthy career as a professional artist and interior designer, creating a wide variety of illustrations, brochures, sketches and paintings for public and private clients.
She served as picture editor for the textbook division of Rand McNally & Co., as well as serving in the press bureau of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection.
When the historical Rochester House in downtown Hagerstown was torn down in the 1950s and replaced with a parking lot, Shirley felt it was time to start drawing the buildings of Washington County in an effort to show their value and rich heritage so "we didn't lose any more." Her extensive body of architectural and other works was recently honored in a special exhibition at the Washington County Arts Council gallery.
Shirley is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Richard E. Miller (Dick); her three children, Barrick Hylton Miller (Barry), Holly Hylton Miller and Blair Trenton Miller; and her six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Saint James School, St. James, MD 21740.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint James School Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.
Shirley H. Miller, 86
NOV. 28, 1925-AUG. 16, 2012
Miller (August 18, 2012)
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