Alice M. Pritchard, 97, health aide and homemaker

April 06, 2006

Alice M. Pritchard, a former health aide and homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Homewood at Crumland Farms nursing home in Frederick. She was 97.

She was born and raised Alice Marie Wheeler on Duncan Street in East Baltimore. She attended city public schools until she was 12, when she went to work at the old Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she changed baby diapers.

Later, she held jobs ironing shirts in a Candler Building laundry, as a sales associate at O'Neill's department store on North Charles Street and as a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. operator and supervisor at its Calvert exchange.

After her 1926 marriage to Sylvester William Pritchard, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. construction supervisor, the couple settled in Hamilton. He died in 1977.

In 1984, Mrs. Pritchard moved to Frederick, and was married in 1986 to Herman Russell Pritchard, a cousin of her late husband and an auto painter. He died in 2000.

From 1984 to 1985, Mrs. Pritchard was a home health aide for Helping Hands of Frederick.

In 1986, she moved to Absecon, N.J., where she lived until returning to Frederick in 2000.

She was a prolific letter writer and accomplished needleworker. She also liked attending family reunions and holiday get-togethers, family members said.

Mrs. Pritchard was a member of Brook Hill United Methodist Church, 8946 Indian Springs Road, Frederick, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Surviving are two sons, William S. Pritchard of Frederick and John M. Pritchard of McSherrystown, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Louise Easson of Centreville; a stepdaughter, Anne E. Clark of Absecon; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. A son, Jesse H. Pritchard, died in 1981; and a daughter, Verna Marie Clark, died in 1953.

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