Eleanor M. Combs, 43, cafeteria worker

April 02, 2006

Eleanor M. Combs, a cafeteria worker and former housekeeper, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Maryland General Hospital. She was 43.

Eleanor M. Ward was born and raised in Heathsville, Va. She moved to Baltimore in 1981. She attended Baltimore City Community College, where she studied business management.

For the past decade, Mrs. Combs was a cafeteria worker at Rosemont Elementary School on Presstman Street, and earlier had been a housekeeper for Red Roof Inns in Timonium and Elkridge.

A resident of the city's Penn-North neighborhood, she had earlier lived in Edmondson Village.

Mrs. Combs enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

"She loved cooking and serving steakfish, crab cakes, ribs, greens and her homemade peach cobbler and sweet potato pie," said her daughter, Yolanda M. Alton of Baltimore. "She also liked to make people laugh and had a great sense of humor."

She attended Zion Baptist Church.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are her husband of 15 years, Frankie Combs; a son, Edward Anderson of Baltimore; two sisters, Sarah Barnes of Westport and Gladys Ward of Irvington; two grandsons; and two nephews.

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