Mildred C. DeGroate, a dietitian at the Naval Medical Hospital Center in Bethesda for 36 years, died Jan. 27 at her home in Washington. She was 88.

She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her granddaughter, Shavonne Bowman.

Mrs. DeGroate left the Naval Medical Hospital Center in the late 1970s. Later, she worked as a private home health-care aide for the elderly for eight years.

Mildred Chance was born in Emporia, Va., and settled in Washington in 1966. She was a member of the Elizabeth Ross Golden Society Temple, a woman’s missionary group in Washington.

Her husband of 16 years, George DeGroate, died in 1967. Survivors include a daughter, Debbie DeGroate of Washington; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough