Salonia Blondzella Cook, 87, community activist

August 02, 2005

Salonia Blondzella "Blondie" Cook, a retired teacher's aide and North Baltimore community activist, died of congestive heart failure at her Hoes Heights home July 26. She was 87.

Salonia Blondzella Waters was born in Baltimore and raised on Division Street. She was a 1939 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a diploma at the old Cortez W. Peters Business School.

She was an aide at what was then Booker T. Washington and Roland Park junior highs before retiring about 20 years ago.

She was a former vice president and board member of the Hoes Heights Improvement Organization, for the small neighborhood north of Hampden

In 1989 she became a vocal critic of development of the old Green Spring Dairy property as a shopping center. "Any window we look out, we have got to face that shopping center all the days our lives," she told an Evening Sun reporter at the time.

In 1991, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke gave Mrs. Cook an award during Black History Month for her activism and community service, including her care of a tot lot at 43rd Street and Evans Chapel Road.

"I was very happy, but surprised," she said at the ceremony. "Who thinks they're going to do anything at all that would make them be worthy of a citation from the mayor?"

Services were held Sunday at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 65 years, Enoch Robinson Cook Jr., a retired postal employee; and a son, Enoch Robinson Cook III of Los Angeles.

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