Peggy Ann Fair, 62, monitor at public housing complexes

January 11, 2002|By Mike Bowler | Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF

Peggy Ann Fair, a longtime security monitor in local high-rise public housing complexes, died of undetermined causes Jan. 4 in her apartment at McCulloh Homes in West Baltimore. She was 62.

Known as Miss Peggy, Mrs. Fair was a familiar figure at Rosemont Towers, a West Baltimore senior housing complex where she worked for 10 years until her retirement in June.

Mrs. Fair resided most of her life in city public housing. A single mother, she raised two daughters while living for 25 years in East Baltimore's Lafayette Courts high-rise, which the city demolished in 1995. She had lived at McCulloh Homes since the mid-1980s.

Peggy Reason was born in Baltimore and was raised in the African-American enclave of Turners Station. She graduated from Sollers Point High School in Dundalk in 1957 and attended what was then Morgan State College for a year.

Later, she attended business schools and Baltimore City Community College and worked as a clerk before being hired by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City in 1985.

A 1961 marriage to Leon M. Fair ended in divorce.

Denise R. Fair of Baltimore, one of Mrs. Fair's daughters, said her mother read the Bible daily and could not be reached between 7 and 10 Sunday nights. "That was the time we understood she listened to church service broadcasts and could not be interrupted," Ms. Fair said. "She enjoyed listening to what she called `church singing,' and she liked ministers who used a bit of humor in their sermons."

Mrs. Fair's favorite hobby was solving word-find puzzles, her daughter said. She also kept up with world events and was a fan of Bill Maher's late-night television talk show Politically Incorrect.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at New Friendship Baptist Church, 1515 E. Eager St.

Mrs. Fair also is survived by another daughter, Vicki Fair-Holmes of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Howard Reason and Robert Reason, both of Baltimore; a sister, Kathleen Reaves of Baltimore; four granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

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