The New York Times:
Mildred Council, a Pillar of Southern Cooking, Is Dead at 89
Mildred Council, a slave’s granddaughter who opened a North Carolina restaurant that proved so successful she caught the attention of presidents, publishers and sports stars, died on May 20 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 89.
The cause was complications of a stroke, her daughter, Spring Council, said.
Most people called Mrs. Council Mama Dip, a variation on Dip, the nickname she acquired while growing up on a sharecropper’s farm. Mildred was such a tall youngster — she grew to 6 feet 2 inches — that she could reach her long arm down to the bottom of a rain barrel and dip out a drink when the family well went dry.