Mary Annie D.C. Thompson, 64, domestic workerMary Annie...

June 15, 1996

Mary Annie D.C. Thompson, 64, domestic worker

Mary Annie D.C. Thompson, whose cheerful outlook on life and concern for others helped make her the center of her family and Northwest Baltimore neighborhood, died Sunday of a heart attack at the home of a daughter in Randallstown. She was 64.

Known as "Miss Annie," she began doing domestic work in 1952 and retired several years ago.

"The day she came to apply for the job I was sick with a migraine, and she asked me how she could help and wound up staying for over 11 years," said Terry Rubenstein of Brooklandville. "She was the rock of our family and she certainly loved my children."

In times of trouble or happiness, family and friends turned to Mrs. Thompson at her St. Charles Avenue home in Northwest Baltimore for comfort, advice or simply a good meal. "She was the most generous person you'd ever want to meet and it seems she always had one more dollar to give," said a daughter, Joyce Mosley of Graham, Wash. "She'd find the rent money or the money for the electric bill that someone needed. If someone needed it, she made sure they got it."

Mrs. Thompson and her husband George, whom she married in 1974, moved to Seattle last year to be near Mrs. Mosley.

"Her dream was to give her home to the city so it could be used as a halfway house for the needy and homeless, and we're still trying to work it out," said a nephew, Rick Mosley of Baltimore. "That's typical of her -- worrying and trying to care for others."

Mrs. Thompson was known for her all-day Sunday buffets.

"Sometimes she'd have 20 people for dinner," Mr. Mosley said.

Born and raised in Edgemere, one of 10 children, the former Mary Annie Delois Carrington attended school until the eighth grade when she went to work to help support her family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Good Tidings Baptist Church, 1401 Edison Highway.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by another daughter, Lisa Burton of Randallstown; three brothers, Charles Carrington of Washington and Archie Carrington and Alex Carrington, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Susie Tucker and Bernice Dorsey, both of Baltimore; two aunts, Irene Johnson and Alberta Johnson, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Catherine D. M. Crandall, a Baltimore County teacher's aide who worked with deaf students, died Wednesday at her Parkville home of cancer. She was 52.

Mrs. Crandall, who retired in January because of illness, had worked at Villa Cresta and White Oak elementary schools.

"She was an artist and enjoyed sketching, and one of her achievements was illustrating a publication that was used by teachers for the teaching of deaf students," said her husband of 30 years, Edward T. Crandall Sr.

Mrs. Crandall was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints, Loch Raven Ward, where she was a teacher and a member of numerous committees.

She was born in Owensville in Anne Arundel County and was a 1962 graduate of Southern High School. After graduating from Fleet's Business School, she was a secretary for the Annapolis Housing Authority.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, 8800 Harford Road, Parkville.

Other survivors include five sons, Edward "Tad" Crandall Jr., David S. Crandall, Michael A. Crandall, Jared A. Crandall and Christopher L. Crandall, all of Parkville; her parents, Herbert O. and Mattie E. Moreland of Owensville; three brothers, Keith Moreland and Timmy Moreland, both of Owensville, and Morris Moreland of Glen Burnie; and two sisters, Barbara Jean Moreland of Owensville and Betty Byrd of Augusta, Ga.

Pub Date: 6/15/96

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