|Mildred Elizabeth Bishop Cannon
MILDRED ELIZABETH BISHOP CANNON (Age 94)
Daughter of the late Ruby Shaffer Bishop and Walter Clyde Bishop, was born
on June 10, 1917 in Washington, DC, and died on October 9, 2011 in
She grew up in the neighborhood of Petworth and attended Petworth
Methodist Church where she was assistant organist and a member of the
choir. In her youth, she attended Central High School. As a young woman,
she attended American University where she received a bachelor of arts
degree. She also attended Strayer College.
She was employed by the federal government and worked for the Department
of the Navy. In April of 1950, she married Charles William Cannon and
moved to Hyattsville, MD where she helped raise her three step children.
Later, when the children were gone, she and her husband moved to Rockville,
MD. She became a member of Rockville United Methodist Church where as
an accomplished musician, she contributed to the music department by writing
a Christmas cantata that has become an endearing part of her legacy.
After her husband died, she moved to Asbury Methodist Village in
Gaithersburg, MD and lived many happy years there until failing health caused
her to be moved to the Wilson Center where she died peacefully of natural
She was a dignified, quiet and caring "lady" all her life and as a Methodist
tried to follow the Christian ideals so that her Father in Heaven would be
proud and welcoming when it was time for her to come to her "Heavenly
She is survived by her step daughters Barbara Jane Dittenber and Grace Marie
Smith and her step son Charles Herbert William Cannon, their spouses and
their children. She is also survived by her niece Doris Gerlach and nephews
Robert L. Bishop and Richard C. Bishop, their spouses and children.
Service previously held.
Published in The Washington Post on October 30, 2011