Mildred Evelyn Richards Brackett, a native of Baltimore, Md., passed away, July 21, at the age of 95, at her temporary residence, Rosewood Village, in Charlottesville, VA.
Born on July 29, 1915 in Harlem, N.Y., Mrs. Brackett was the daughter of the late George Richards and the late Edythe Hopkins Richards of Antigua, West Indies. Mrs. Brackett was preceded in death by her brothers Harold Richards and Franklin Richards, both of Harlem, N.Y.
She was educated in private Episcopal schools of New York and attended Hunter College in New York. Throughout her entire career, Mrs. Brackett was employed by the United States Social Security Administration where she accepted a transfer from New York to help open their newly constructed office building in downtown Baltimore.
Mrs. Brackett eventually retired from the Social Security Administration on Security Blvd. in Baltimore. It was during this time that she met and married Charles A. Brackett. They were married 50 years, all of which was spent in the Hanlon Longwood neighborhood of Baltimore. There were no children born of this union but they were loving pet parents to French Standard Poodles, Jacque and Pierre, both of whom have passed on.
Mrs. Brackett had several close and lifelong friendships with members of the Baltimore community, including membership to the NAACP and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Mrs. Brackett was also a member of a club Just Us Girls. Mrs. Brackett was widowed in August 2005 and subsequently relocated to Charlottesville, Va. where she spent her final years with family and friends at the Rosewood Village, an assisted living community on 500 Greenbrier Drive.
Mrs. Brackett is survived by a loving extended family which includes her sister-in-law, Olive Brackett of Oakland, Calif., two nieces, Sharon Brackett of Phoenix, AZ. and Kim Brackett of Oakland, Calif. and cousin, William F. Coles Sr. (Sylvia) of Charlottesville, VA. Special friends and neighbor, Charles Artis, Catherine Ricks, Jackie Colkey and Eleanor Brown as well as the administration, staff and residents of Rosewood Village. Special appreciation is extended to her healthcare provider, Dr. Bobby Stokes and The Gentle Shepherd Hospice of Charlottesville.
Final wishes have been entrusted to Hill and Wood, Charlottesville, VA.