Anna Paige Worsham, 73, hospital dietitian

March 12, 2004

Anna Paige Worsham, a retired hospital dietitian who enjoyed attending family gatherings, died of renal failure March 4 at her West Baltimore home. She was 73.

She was born Anna P. Giles in Amelia, Va., where she was raised. After working in Richmond, Va., for several years, she moved to Baltimore in 1949.

She and her husband of 53 years, James L. Worsham Sr., made their home on Parkwood Avenue for more than half a century and raised five children. Mr. Worsham, a retired supply assistant at Fort Meade, died last year.

Mrs. Worsham returned to work in the early 1970s as a dietitian at what is now the state's Rosewood Center. She retired about a decade ago.

"She loved working with the mentally challenged patients," said a daughter, Pamela M. Lomax of Upper Marlboro.

Mrs. Worsham liked preparing the food she served at family and neighborhood gatherings, family members said.

She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and enjoyed collecting magnets to decorate her refrigerator.

She attended Fulton Baptist Church and Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Worsham is survived by two sons, James L. Worsham Jr. and Alvin Worsham, and two other daughters, Phyllis E. Brown and Patricia A. Wade, all of Baltimore; a brother, Arthur Giles of Ford, Va.; three sisters, Virginia Haskins of Saxe, Va., and Dorothy Spratley and Rosa Hill, both of Richmond; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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