Anna Pauline Briscoe, 84, school cafeteria manager

October 31, 2002

Anna Pauline Briscoe, a retired cafeteria manager in Baltimore's public schools and housing activist, died of cancer Friday at a daughter's home in East Baltimore. She was 84.

Born Anna Pauline White in Abingdon, she moved to Baltimore with her family and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1935.

Mrs. Briscoe had worked as a food service worker and cafeteria manager at Lombard Junior High School and Dunbar High School for more than 20 years before retiring in the late 1970s. She also had worked part time in catering at Goucher College events.

She was among the first occupants and a longtime resident of the city's Bernard E. Mason Apartments near Leakin Park, and served on its tenant council for many years. She was also a member of the Baltimore City housing authority's advisory board.

Mrs. Briscoe enjoyed entertaining her family, reading and travel.

In 1955, she married James M. Briscoe, a postal worker and truck driver who died in 1982.

She was a member for many years of John Wesley United Methodist and, since 1987, an active member of Martin Luther King Jr. United Methodist Church, 5114 Windsor Mill Road, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald E. Samuels of Catonsville and Timothy Briscoe of Baltimore; three daughters, Darlene Briscoe, Paulette Jones and Deborah Lyles, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Louise Jackson and Ernestine White, both of Bel Air, and Joan Dixon of New York City; 24 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

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