Veronica R. Morton, 59, housing department aide

July 30, 2002

Veronica Roselle Morton, a retired city housing department aide, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at her Northwood home. She was 59.

Before her retirement this year, she was a senior administrative assistant for the city's Section 8 housing program. She had been a municipal employee since 1978.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Hoes Heights neighborhood, she was a 1961 graduate of Eastern High School, where she played on the softball and basketball teams. She later earned an associate's degree in business from Baltimore City Community College.

Mrs. Morton was active in the Girls Scouts and led a Brownie troop in Hoes Heights. She also was an organizer of the Ebonies, a social group.

"She was a strong person who loved life - and her grandchildren, too," said her daughter, Alisa M. Williams of Baltimore. "Anyone else who needed help, she was always there."

As a teen, she sang pop music on a corner for family and friends. As an adult, she continued to sing and had a collection of records.

She was a former member of St. James Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square.

Her husband of 20 years, Arthur James Morton, a school-bus driver, died in 1998. An earlier marriage to Percy R. Anderson Sr. ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at March East Funeral Home, 1101 E. North Ave.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Percy Anderson Jr. of Baltimore and Jeffrey Anderson of Medina, Ohio; and two grandchildren.

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