Edith B. Booker, 86, homemaker, church secretary

July 27, 2006

Edith B. Booker, a homemaker and longtime church secretary, died from a brain tumor Friday at FutureCare Chesapeake in Arnold. She was 86.

The former Edith Stith was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. She was a 1937 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and attended the old St. Paul Institute for Nursing in Baltimore.

Mrs. Booker was a 53-year member of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church and, for the past four decades, was its secretary.

She enjoyed sewing and making clothes for family members and friends. She also was an accomplished cook.

"She loved making fruitcakes for Christmas, and two other favorite dishes were shrimp Creole and a shrimp and crab casserole," said her daughter, Regina E. Brown of Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Booker's husband of 19 years, Willie Floyd Booker, a Bethlehem Steel employee, died in 1972.

Mrs. Booker was a longtime resident of Calhoun Street. She moved to Zion Towers in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and, since 2005, had been a patient at the Glen Burnie Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Also surviving are three sisters, Ellen Stith, Renda Stith and Jacqueline Stith, all of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Clarence Smith ended in divorce.

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