Ella Irene Brooks, 89, SSA claims clerkElla Irene Brooks...

May 01, 1999

Ella Irene Brooks, 89, SSA claims clerk

Ella Irene Brooks, who worked for the Social Security Administration for nearly five decades, died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital from complications of an infection. She was 89 and lived in Glen Burnie.

A claims clerk, Mrs. Brooks began her career with the SSA in 1942 at the Candler Building in Baltimore and later worked at Woodlawn before retiring from the agency's downtown Metro West Building in 1989.

The former Ella Irene Dyer was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1926 from Frederick Douglass Senior High School. She attended Hampton Institute in Virginia.

Her marriage to Marque Holiday ended in divorce. She was married in 1949 to Roland T. Brooks, who died in 1963.

Mrs. Brooks enjoyed traveling by steamship and had visited Canada and Europe.

She was a member of Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

Services for Mrs. Brooks will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore.

She is survived by a stepson, Roland D. Brooks of Glen Burnie; two nephews and six nieces.

Ethel L. Sanders, 98, domestic worker, activist

Ethel L. Sanders, a retired domestic worker who organized opposition to the building of Interstate 70 through her West Baltimore neighborhood, died Wednesday of heart failure at home in Rosemont. She was 98.

The former Ethel Peterman graduated from high school in her native Dothan, Ala., and worked as a domestic and cook there and in Baltimore, where she had moved in the early 1940s. She retired in 1955.

In Alabama, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt attended a luncheon for which Mrs. Sanders prepared the food. After she returned to the White House, Mrs. Roosevelt wrote her a letter, requesting a recipe.

"My mother was an excellent cook and baker, and Mrs. Roosevelt wrote to her, asking for her recipe for her potato rolls," said Mrs. Sanders' daughter, Eloise Christian of Baltimore.

After she retired, Mrs. Sanders cared for neighborhood children until 1966.

Active in the Democratic Party, she helped register voters and vigorously organized neighborhood protests against the building of I-70 through Rosemont in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Mrs. Sanders married Charlie Sanders at the end of World War I. He died in 1942.

Services for Mrs. Sanders will be held at 1 p.m. today at Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Wayne Turner of Baltimore.

Maceo A. Paysour, 81, restaurant-lounge owner

Maceo A. Paysour, former owner of a popular West Baltimore restaurant and lounge, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81.

A resident of Hanover Square Apartments in South Baltimore at the time of his death, Mr. Paysour had been a longtime resident of Sutton Place Apartments.

In 1959, he established Maceo's Lounge in the 1900 block of North Monroe St. In 1988, he sold the business and retired.

Victorine Q. Adams, former 4th District councilwoman, described Mr. Paysour yesterday as a "congenial man who was easy to get along with and who looked out for his patrons."

Mrs. Adams, who was a member of the Charmettes, said the group often held their meetings at the establishment rather than entertaining at members' homes.

"He specialized in soul food that was very tasty and well done. He ran a very good place that was always clean and orderly," she said.

Born in Rex, N.C., Mr. Paysour was raised in Gastonia, N.C., where he graduated from high school. He came to Baltimore in the late 1930s and, during World War II, served in the merchant marine. He worked as a stevedore until he opened the lounge.

Mr. Paysour's three marriages ended in divorce. He had no children.

A memorial service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. May 13 at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave.

He is survived by three brothers, Marvin Paysour of Baltimore and Wallace Paysour and Eugene Paysour, both of Charlotte, N.C.; two nephews, Ronald Paysour and Raymond Paysour, both of Baltimore; and two nieces, Roxie Paysour and Rosalind Thompson, both of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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