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Falls Church Resident Ruth Morton Mileson Dies at 89

Ruth Morton Mileson of Falls Church and Plymouth, Mass. died on March 12, 2014 at 89. She was born March 12, 1925 in Plymouth, Mass.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Mileson) Modisher, and Beth Mileson, Susan’s husband Jim Modisher, and two grand children, Heidi (Modisher) Steele and Dustin Modisher.

She is also survived by two nieces, Jan (Morton) Wax, and Eunice Scotti and her husband George and their children, and a nephew, Barry Morton and their families. Ruth is also survived by dear lifetime friend, Martha Driscoll, of Plymouth, Mass. and dear friend and neighbor, Anne Cox of Falls Church.

Ruth is predeceased by her former husband, Lt. Col. Donald F. Mileson, and niece Geneva Rhead,who is survived by her husband Clifford Rhead and three sons, father, John Langford Morton, and Mother Dorothy Lane (Morton) Thatcher, sister and brother Mary and John Morton.

She attended Plymouth High School, where she graduated in 1943. She then attended the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and graduated as the only woman in her class on February 5, 1947 with a degree in engineering.

Married in 1948 to Marine Corps pilot, Donald F. Mileson, they were stationed between Southern California, North Carolina and the Washington, D.C. area. They were divorced in 1968.

Her scientific career included meteorology, environmental testing and genetics testing.

She was a lifelong member of the League of Woman Voters and Citizens For a Better City of Falls Church. Ruth’s philanthropic passions were helping homeless animals and wounded veterans. Contributions can be made to your local Humane Society and Wounded Warrior Projects.

Her internment will be on Friday June 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chiltonville Cemetery in Plymouth, Mass. A Celebration of her life will follow at 157 Manomet Dr. at 1:00 p.m.

Special thank you from her family goes to Val and Louise Velasquez, and Greg and Anne Cox. Private memorials were held in September in Falls Church.