Mildred Avery Kettler Twilley

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 8, 2006.

Mildred Avery Kettler Twilley

Mildred Avery Kettler Twilley, 97, a retired social worker and school attendance officer
who volunteered with several community organizations, died Oct. 4, 2006 at her home in
Bethesda. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Twilley was born above the family jewelry store in Washington and graduated from
Eastern High School (1926). She received a bachelor's degree in 1931 from the
University of Maryland, where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.
From 1932 to 1933, she worked for the National Child Research Center in Washington
and then pursued postgraduate studies at the New York School of Social Work (now
part of Columbia University). She worked in her field in Baltimore and Washington
before marrying in 1942.

An area resident for most of her life, she had lived in Kensington and Bethesda since
1952. As a homemaker, Mrs. Twilley was involved in her children's schools and her
church. After her husband, Howard J. Twilley, died in 1959, Mrs. Twilley worked as an
attendance officer with D.C. public schools. She was assigned to several elementary
and junior high schools to investigate truancy. She retired in 1974.

For more than 20 years, she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She also
volunteered at a Presbyterian retirement home in the District, the Women's Club of
Bethesda Thrift Shop, and Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, where
she was a member for more than 50 years. She also was a member of the Kensington
Women's Club and the Chevy Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the American

Family members said Mrs. Twilley delighted her grandchildren with descriptions of early
20th-century Washington, including stories about having the first phone on the block and
about swimming near the Mall.

Survivors include her two children, Elizabeth Ann Nolan of Tucson and William Twilley of
Kensington; and two granddaughters.