Sinia P. Person, 63, social worker for the state

November 24, 2003

Sinia P. Person, a former social worker who cared for infants suffering from AIDS, died Wednesday of cancer at the Sella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

She was 63 and lived in Woodlawn.

Sinia Patricia Johnson was born in Charlotte, N.C., and moved to Baltimore with her family in the 1950s.

She attended Baltimore schools and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1958.

After working for about 15 years as a clerk for the Social Security Administration, she returned to school, earning a bachelor's degree from Coppin State College in 1985.

She became a social worker in 1985 for the state Department of Social Services and worked there until she retired in 2002.

She also worked part time from 1997 to 1999 as a patient advocate at Sinai Hospital.

She then worked part time for about two years caring for infants with AIDS at Chara House.

She married Jerome Person Sr. in 1960, and the couple settled in the Woodlawn area. Mr. Person died in 1987.

Mrs. Person enjoyed traveling and cooking.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Chapel, St. Lukes Lane and Liberty Road.

She is survived by two sons, Jerome Person Jr. of Woodlawn and Jerod F. Person of Owings Mills; one sister, Naiomi Wainwright of Baltimore; four brothers, Ronald Johnson, of Randallstown, and Albert Johnson, William Johnson and Michael Johnson, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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