Charlotte G. Hale, 46, loved to play bingo, cook

July 19, 1996|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Charlotte Gardner Hale had two passions -- cooking and bingo.

"When she hollered 'Bingo,' it was like the whole world was coming down on her," said Linda Brockington, a longtime friend and bingo companion. "She loved to hit [the jackpot]. When she didn't, she was mad."

PTC Mrs. Hale, who died of cancer Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, left her East Baltimore rowhouse at least once a week to play at a bingo hall in Rosedale. She was 46.

She won almost as many games as she lost.

"After she caught on, she would always be the one who won most of the time," said Sandra Chambers of Baltimore, her sister.

Mrs. Hale won $50 the first time she played several years ago, trying her luck at a bingo spinoff game called "Big X."

"She said 'Oh, I'm coming back next week,' " Ms. Chambers said. "It wasn't as though she was addicted; she just enjoyed playing. She didn't hang out in clubs and bars, just bingo. If she didn't win, she'd just try again."

Mrs. Hale was born and raised in the Turner's Station community in Dundalk. She attended Dundalk High School and in 1970 moved to Baltimore with her family.

She worked in the housekeeping department of ARA Services from 1970 until she retired in 1985. The firm assigned her to

Coppin State College and Patterson and Lake Clifton high schools.

After working hours and during retirement, she engaged in her other passion. cooking big family dinners that could really "sing," relatives said.

"She could fry some chicken," Ms. Chambers said. "She could really put a hurting on some chicken. And salad. She could really cook, I'm going to miss that."

In recent months, when cancer had caused her to lose most of the use of her right arm, Mrs. Hale still cooked, relatives said.

Mrs. Hale also was adept at cooking seafood.

She also was known for her fancy hairstyles.

"She kept her hair done at all times," Mrs. Chambers said. "Her hair had to always be looking good."

Funeral services for Mrs. Hale will be held at 10 a.m. today at the William March Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Hale, whom she married in 1995; a son, Joseph McPherson; three brothers, Owen Gardner Jr., James Edward Gardner and Walter Gardner; two other sisters, Laura Williams and Sharon Beasley; and a granddaughter, Jasmine Gardner. All are of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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