Rosetta Addison, 88, salon owner and churchwoman

October 26, 2005

Rosetta Addison, a retired beauty salon owner active in her church and community, died of cancer Saturday at Homewood FutureCare Center. The Bolton Hill resident was 88.

Rosetta McClanahan was born in Sabine Parish, La. She moved to Baltimore in 1948 and was co-owner and operator of the Addison & Johnson Beauty Salon on West North Avenue for many years. She ran the business with her sister, Ola Mae McClanahan Johnson, also of Bolton Hill.

Mrs. Addison also modeled for the old Mildred Pierce Beauty Academy and had a degree from the National Beauty Culture League. She retired 20 years ago.

She was a co-founder of the Master Beauticians Association of Baltimore and was listed in Who's Who In American Beauticians and Cosmetology.

Mrs. Addison joined Trinity Baptist Church on Druid Hill Avenue the year she moved to Baltimore and was its Sunday school superintendent and its first female trustee. A recipient of the church's Woman of the Year award, she sang in its choirs for more than 50 years and led a successful organ fund drive.

She also was a past president of the church's Women's Guild and the first president of the senior ministry.

Mrs. Addison was a past president of the Bolton North Senior Apartments tenants association and had been a Democratic city elections judge. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the organization BUILD, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association.

She was a duckpin bowler at the old Lafayette Bowling Lanes.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity Baptist Church, 1601 Druid Hill Ave. A 10 a.m. wake precedes the service.

In addition to her sister, survivors include godsons, nieces and nephews. Her marriage to Melvin Addison ended in divorce.

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