Irene C. Saunders, a retired vocal music teacher, died Wednesday at her home in northwest Baltimore. The cause of death was not known.
Services for Mrs. Saunders, who was 66, will be at noon Wednesday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road in Baltimore.
The former Irene Carter was a Baltimore native and a 1942 graduate of Dunbar High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education from what is now Morgan State University in 1945 and a master's degree in music education from Columbia University in 1948.
Mrs. Saunders taught vocal music in the Worcester County school system in 1946. She moved back to the Baltimore area after getting her master's degree in 1949 and taught at Frederick Douglass High School and Harlem Park Elementary School in the city and then Sollers Point High School in Baltimore County. She retired in 1980.
She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and sang in the chancel choir for 10 years. She also was a member of the church and society committee, and was an ordained deacon.
She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 36 years, serving on its housing and education committees. She belonged to the Baltimore Urban League for 36 years.
Mrs. Saunders was financial secretary of the Hanlon Improvement Association for the last 15 years.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Leonard L. Saunders, and a daughter, Cheryl Yvette Saunders of Baltimore.