Maude `Birdie' Henley, 74, created food displays

June 18, 2005

Maude M. "Birdie" Henley, who prepared foods for local caterers, died of kidney failure Tuesday at the Long Green Center nursing home in North Baltimore. The former Waverly resident was 74.

Born Maude Moody in Baltimore, she was raised at St. Elizabeth's Orphanage near Ednor Gardens.

She was a graduate of the old St. Francis School on Maryland Avenue.

Before she retired in 1991, she made displays of fruits and vegetables for the old Pimlico Hotel's catering department and for Charles Levine Caterers.

She then became a weekly volunteer at Our Daily Bread and packed lunches at her home, which she distributed to latecomers at the soup kitchen.

"Miss Birdie was passionate about the needs of the hungry and the downtrodden," said her daughter, Doriszel Taylor of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road, where Mrs. Henley was a member.

Survivors also include a son, Maurice Henley of Baltimore; a sister, Marlene Green of Rocky Mount, N.C.; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, William Henley, died many years ago. A son, Joseph Henley, died in 1994.

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