Genevia Pierce, a retired Baltimore public schools cook and avid gardener, died of respiratory failure Monday at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Edmondson Village resident was 72.
Born Genevia Johnson in Winnsboro, S.C., she later moved to Baltimore.
Mrs. Pierce's career as a school cook spanned more than 20 years. She worked at Cherry Hill, Martin Luther King and Lockerman-Bundy elementary schools and Edmondson High School. She retired from Westport Elementary in 1993.
Earlier, she had worked as a cook at Lutheran, Sinai and Provident hospitals.
Mrs. Pierce enjoyed cooking for and entertaining family and friends at home, where she was known for her sweet potato pies, apple cobblers, casseroles of macaroni and cheese, and loaves of homemade bread.
"Her house was always full of people, and gardening was another big joy," said a daughter, Tyese Pierce of Baltimore.
Mrs. Pierce was also a gospel music fan, family members said.
Mrs. Pierce was married for 37 years to Alvin Pierce, who died in 1992.
She was a 40-year member of and usher at New Christian Memorial Church, 3525 W. Caton Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Alvin A. Pierce and Irvin R. Pierce, both of Baltimore; two other daughters, Geraldine Goodson and Belinda Johnson, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Maggie Hunter of Baltimore and Catherine Jones of Fort Washington; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Harvey Johnson, died in 1996.
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