Jennetta A. Thompson, 71, owner of city beauty salon

July 18, 2005

Jennetta Anthony Thompson, a hairstylist and owner of Anthony's Beauty Salon, died of natural causes July 11 at her Pikesville home. She was 71.

A native of Scotland Neck, N.C., she attended school there and also attended Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore. While working at Vellegia's restaurant, she attended Apex Beauty School in Baltimore in the 1950s. After graduating, she obtained her cosmetology license and began working as a hairstylist.

She later opened Anthony's Beauty Salon on North Avenue, which she ran from the early 1960s until her retirement in 2002. In 2003, she moved from Baltimore to Pikesville.

In 1981, she married Robert E. Thompson, a worker for Bethlehem Steel Corp. Mr. Thompson died in 1987.

Mrs. Thompson had been a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. After her marriage she became a member of Liberty Grace Church, also in Baltimore. At the time of her death, she was a member of Miracle Church of Christ in Baltimore.

She was devoted to her family and cared for her father in her home until his death. She often prepared large family meals for holidays, and friends were often invited. Mrs. Thompson also had a passion for hats and clothing. At the time of her death she had 50 hats in her collection. She also enjoyed soap operas, the lottery, shopping and traveling.

An earlier marriage to William J. Hoes ended in divorce.

A service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Miracle Church of Christ, 4802 Liberty Heights Ave.

She is survived by a son, Steven A. Anthony of Pikesville; a daughter, Gina M. Anthony of Pikesville; and a granddaughter.

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