Constance M. Leak, 76, Black & Decker mail clerk

August 18, 2005

Constance M. Leak, a retired Black & Decker Corp. mail clerk who was active in church affairs, died of pancreatic cancer Monday at Manor Care Woodbridge Rehabilitation Center in Woodlawn. She was 76.

Born Constance M. Peace in Oxford, N.C., and raised there and in Virgilina, Va., she moved to Baltimore in the 1950s and went to work as a nursing assistant at what was then St. Joseph Hospital on Caroline Street.

From 1965 until retiring in 1999, she was a mail clerk at Black & Decker's corporate headquarters in Towson.

The longtime Woodlawn resident was an active member of Providence Baptist Church, where she sang with the women's chorus and served on the finance committee for 25 years. She also worked at the church preparing meals for funerals, weddings and other occasions.

She was a member of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and the women's auxiliary of United Baptist Missionaries of Maryland.

An avid tenpin bowler, she was a member of two teams, Merry Makers and Ladies of the Morning, that played regularly at AMF Woodlawn Lanes.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at her church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. Surviving are her husband of 36 years, William Leak, a retired United Airlines worker; a daughter, Joyce A.M. Morton of Ashburton; a brother, Wallace Peace of Durham, N.C.; a sister, Hope Blalock of Baltimore; and two close friends she helped to raise, Joselyn Brown of Baltimore and Navene Wright of Westminster.

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