Rose B. Mitchell, 85, cafeteria worker, active in church

April 05, 2006

Rose B. Mitchell, a retired cafeteria worker who enjoyed cooking for family and friends, died of heart failure March 29 at John L. Deaton Medical Center. The longtime West Baltimore resident was 85.

She was born and raised Rose B. Montier in Norfolk, Va., and came to Baltimore in the 1940s. She went to work for ARA Food Service Management and Catering, where she was a cafeteria worker until retiring in the mid-1980s.

"She loved to cook and was know for her macaroni and cheese and collard greens. Everyone wanted to know her recipe for her macaroni and cheese, but she wouldn't give it up," said her niece Elaine White-Spencer of Baltimore.

A stylish dresser, Mrs. Mitchell was also known for her millinery. "She was a sharp dresser and loved hats. She had a unique hat for each of her outfits," her niece said.

Mrs. Mitchell liked to travel and was an avid duckpin bowler. She also drove her car until recent years.

She was a 60-year member of Southern Baptist Church, where she served on many committees.

A soprano, she sang with the church choir and enjoyed attending the Monday prayer hour and meetings of the Seasoned Saints group.

Services will be held at 6:30 today at her church, 1701 N. Chester St.

Surviving are a brother, Matthew Montier of Philadelphia; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Her son, Romonda Ysaguirre, died in 2003; her daughter, Anita Ysaguirre Holmes, died in 2005. Her marriage ended in divorce.

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