Bessie CampbellActive in churchBessie Rhone Campbell, who...


November 10, 1992

Bessie Campbell

Active in church

Bessie Rhone Campbell, who was honored for her volunteer '' efforts at the Perkins Square Baptist Church, died Thursday at North Arundel Hospital after a heart attack at the age of 95. Services were conducted yesterday at the church.

The former Bessie Rhone was born in Gloucester Court House in Virginia to parents who had themselves been born into slavery. She came to Baltimore at the age of 7 with her family on what she called the "ferry boat." During the journey, a sister fell overboard and was drowned.

She worked as a baby sitter at age 14 for what she recalled as "good money" for the time, $2 a week, and as a young woman she did domestic work in Northwest Baltimore.

She was married in 1915 to Boston Campbell. Her husband, a laundry company employee, died in 1957, and her two daughters also preceded her in death.

About five years ago, she moved from the Edmondson Village area to Severna Park.

At the Perkins Square Church, she was honored with the title Church Mother in 1973 for her work in the congregation. At the same time, the legislature passed a resolution honoring her.

Her work included service as a deaconess, and membership in the Gospel Choir, the Ladies Guild and the Garden of Flowers, a charitable group.

A grandson, Dr. Earl T. Matthews, director of continuing studies at Morgan State University, described her as a "quiet, sweet kind of lady who was always willing to do what was necessary to help someone else."

She is survived by four grandsons, Dr. Matthews and Timothy Matthews, both of Severna Park, and Tyrone Campbell and Herbert Gregory, both of Baltimore; three granddaughters, Lydia Jackson, Earline Bissram and Joyce Gregory, all of Baltimore; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Grace M. Tierney

Social worker

Grace Margaret Tierney, a retired Catholic Charities social worker, died Sept. 22 of a stroke at the former Jenkins Memorial Home in Southwest Baltimore.

Services for Ms. Tierney, who was 87, were held Sept. 23.

The former Grace Margaret Scholl was reared in New York City, received her undergraduate degree in English from Hunter College in 1927 and was a special education teacher for a year.

She then began a career as a social worker for Catholic Charities in New York and in the mid-1930s helped the city establish its welfare department.

She was married in 1935 to Joseph L. Tierney Jr., a lawyer in Scarsdale, N.Y., who died in 1951.

In 1952 she became a personnel counselor at Republic Aviation Corp., a fighter aircraft manufacturer in Farmingdale, N.Y.

In the mid-1960s she resumed her work with Catholic Charities, helping the parents of deaf children at the Cleary School for the Deaf in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., until her retirement in 1975.

She moved to the Baltimore area in 1984 to live at the Charlestown Retirement Community.

She is survived by three sons, Joseph L. Tierney III of Arnold, William Scholl Tierney of Yorktown, Va., and Peter McGovern Tierney of New York City; and eight grandchildren.

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