Minerva R. Carter, 91, hospital employee

September 08, 2002

Minerva Richardson Carter, a retired hospital employee who spent her weekends at some of Baltimore's select social clubs, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Augsburg Lutheran Home. She was 91.

Mrs. Carter, a lifelong resident of Northwest Baltimore until she moved just outside the city to Augsburg about five years ago, graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1928.

Born Minerva Richardson, she married John Welling in 1930. He died in the 1950s, said Jenneane Bradford of Randallstown, one of Mrs. Carter's daughters.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Carter married Augustus Carter, who died in the early 1980s.

From the early 1970s to the 1980s, she worked as a clerical assistant for the former Lutheran Hospital in Baltimore.

She loved to listen to jazz at the Sphinx Club and the Royal Theater - both of which stood on Pennsylvania Avenue before they closed. She was a member of the Charmettes, the Rinky Dinks, the Country Cousins and the Playmates, social clubs with a membership that drew from Baltimore's black elite, Mrs. Bradford said.

A memorial service will be held at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., at a date to be scheduled.

In addition to Mrs. Bradford, Mrs. Carter is survived by a son, Leonard Donald Welling; another daughter, Delores Jenkins; a brother, Arthur Leonard Richardson, all of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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