Bertha Newborn, 98, hat lover, church volunteer

June 26, 2005

Bertha Newborn, a homemaker known for wearing a wide variety of hats, died Wednesday at her daughter's Baltimore home of ailments related to old age. She was 98.

The former Bertha Harris was born in Pitt County, N.C., and moved to Baltimore in 1929 with her husband, Hubert Newborn, who died in 1973.

Mrs. Newborn lived for many years in the Douglass Homes. She was a longtime member of First Apostolic Faith Church in Baltimore, where she served on the missionary board and as a mother of the church, said her daughter Delores Best.

She loved hats and was known for wearing all different kinds, her daughter said.

After she suffered a massive stroke a few years ago, family members cared for her. One son, Herbert Newborn of Baltimore, converted his van to an ambulance so he could take her to visit family and friends, according to the family.

"She was a virtuous woman. She had a special sweetness about her that calmed people," Ms. Best said.

Services will be held Wednesday at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St.

Mrs. Newborn is also survived by two other children, Wren Locke of Greenville, N.C., and Panseal Carmon of Baltimore; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. A son, Henry Newborn, died in 1994.

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