Margaret E. Grant, 80, housekeeper

August 11, 2002

Margaret E. Grant, 80, housekeeper

Margaret E. Grant, a retired housekeeper and child-care provider, died of cancer Tuesday at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore. She was 80.

Mrs. Grant, who lived on East 43rd Street, was born Margaret Morrison in Carthage, N.C., the daughter of sharecropper parents.

After graduating from public schools there, she moved to Baltimore in 1945 after marriage to William Nicholson, a soldier who died that year.

Until retiring in 1975, Mrs. Grant worked as a housekeeper for 30 years, primarily for families in Dickeyville. During the 1990s, she cared for children in her home.

Mrs. Grant enjoyed collecting four-leaf clovers that she mounted on cardboard.

"She used to gather the neighborhood children, and wherever she saw a patch of four-leaf clovers, she'd carefully go through them," said her daughter, Carolyn M. Nicholson of Baltimore.

Mrs. Grant liked to visit flea markets and garage sales in search of antique jewelry. She also wrote songs and poetry, her daughter said.

She was married in the 1980s to Vernell Grant, who died in 1995.

Mrs. Grant had been a longtime member and had sung in the choir of Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a brother, Jessie Morrison of Greensboro, N.C.; and several nephews and nieces.

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