Maggalean G. Henson, 62, mortician, business

January 03, 2003

Maggalean G. Henson, 62, mortician, business owner

Maggalean Gilmore Henson, a Baltimore mortician and former District Court commissioner, died of cancer Saturday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 62.

A native of Conecuh County, Ala., she came to Baltimore as a child and was raised on East Biddle Street. She was a 1958 graduate of Dunbar High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1964 from what is now Morgan State University.

She later earned a degree in mortuary science from then-Catonsville Community College, and began her career in the late 1970s as an apprentice and mortician working for the Carlton C. Douglass and March funeral homes.

Since the late 1980s, she had owned Maggalean Gilmore Henson Funeral Services, and was associated with the Chatman-Harris Funeral Home in Northwest Baltimore.

"Maggalean took the utmost pride in her entrepreneurship. Her work spoke for itself," said her niece, Deatra Gilmore of Middle River. "Her professionalism was obvious, but she added a personal touch that showed satisfaction in the faces of the bereaved families."

In addition to her work as a mortician, Mrs. Henson was a court commissioner in Baltimore from 1985 until retiring in 2001.

She enjoyed travel and collecting tea sets.

Her marriage ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St., Baltimore.

Mrs. Henson is survived by a brother, James E. Gilmore of Farmville, Va.; a sister, JonniQuil Oliver of Baltimore; her fiance, Edward Johnson of Baltimore; and several nephews and nieces.

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