Mattie B. ColemanTelemarketing solicitorA Mass of...


November 13, 1991

Mattie B. Coleman

Telemarketing solicitor

A Mass of Christian burial for Mattie B. Coleman, a telemarketing solicitor, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Caroline and Oliver streets.

Miss Coleman, who was 74 and lived on Vickers Road, died Friday at the Good Samaritan Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

Needing crutches and braces to walk since she had polio as a child, she worked at home since 1950 for Dennis Advertising Publications.

Born in Pittsburgh and reared there and in Baltimore, she was a graduate of the Frances M. Woods School for the Handicapped.

Despite her handicap, she traveled around the United States and once went to Madrid, Spain, to visit her brother. She was also founder of Uplifts, a women's group that met at her home for more than 40 years.

Her survivors include three sisters, Willie Mae Brown, Estelle Christmas and Beverly Simpson, all of Baltimore; and her brother, Alvin D. Coleman of Madrid.

Orsby W. Ridgely

Retired AAI foreman

Services for Orsby W. Ridgely, a retired foreman of mechanics at AAI Corp., will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Mr. Ridgely, a Baltimore native who lived on Hazelwood Court in Rosedale, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of heart disease. He was 78.

Known by three nicknames, Jerry, Gus and Ike, he worked at AAI for more than 20 years before retiring 13 years ago.

Earlier, he had been a partner in Bud's Auto Parts and had worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta Corp.

He served in the Army Air Forces as a cryptographer in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

He attended the Polytechnic Institute.

A life member of the Charles Evering Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he played Santa Claus at Christmas parties there and for his family.

He was a member of the board of the 14th District Democratic Club and president of the Senior Citizens Bowling League at the Greenway Bowling Lanes.

Mr. Ridgely was also a member of the Maryland Saltwater Sport Association, a fishing group, and was fond of flower and vegetable gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Alice Cornwell Wingate; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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