Bertha Mae Falcon, 91, school crossing guard

December 29, 2005

Bertha Mae Falcon, a retired school crossing guard and longtime Cherry Hill resident, died in her sleep at her home there Dec. 20. She was 91.

She was born Bertha Mae Sledge in Warrenton, N.C., and was married in 1933 to James Falcon.

After moving to Baltimore in 1941, she attended night classes at Douglass High School and Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

Mrs. Falcon, who had lived in Cherry Hill for more than 40 years, was a school crossing guard at Cherry Hill and Roundview roads for 17 years until retiring in 1976.

"She was a big believer in education and that it was a key for anyone's future. This philosophy was stressed upon her children and their families, and anyone else who would listen," said a daughter, B. Jean Falcon of Lusby.

Mrs. Falcon, a lifelong Democrat, was a active in the Cherry Hill Improvement Association and the Waxter Senior Center.

She also enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, gardening and crocheting.

"She liked playing the blues and hymns," her daughter said.

Her husband of 36 years, a retired factory worker, died in 1969.

Mrs. Falcon was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill, where services were held Saturday.

Also surviving are a son, Carroll L. Falcon of Pasadena; two other daughters, Anna F. Johnson of Baltimore and Barbara Beard-White of Farmington, Utah; a sister, Evelyn Burrows of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. A son, Anthony Falcon Jr., died in 2003, and a daughter, Lavonia Falcon, died in 1980.

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