Mildred "Millie" Louise Saleem, a retired youth worker, died Thursday in Buffalo General Hospital following a short illness. The Buffalo resident was 75.
Born Mildred Jackson in Kinston, N.C., she moved to Buffalo in 1957.
Ms. Saleem worked at a New York State Division of Youth group home for girls in Buffalo for 10 years as a resident supervisor. She was known for her compassionate care of the children, as well as for her her delicious fried chicken and smothered cabbage.
Her devotion for children led her to adopt five youngsters to add to her own family of two.
She also delivered food to the elderly and maintained a program of visiting prisons and administering to the sick and needy as part of her faith in Al-Islam.
Ms. Saleem enjoyed traveling, knitting and watching soap operas.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ackason of Philadelphia; a son, Robert Murphy, of Buffalo; her mother, Erma Banks of Kinston, N.C.; four adopted daughters, Lisa Pritchard of San Jose, Calif., Cary and Kathyn Voorhees, both of Jacksonville, Ore., and Barbara Rice of Buffalo; one adopted son, David Voorhees of Buffalo; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A Janaza Service was held at 11 a.m. Monday in Masjid Nu-Man, 1373 Fillmore Ave. Burial was in Lakeside Memorial Park, Hamburg.