Rosa Mary Ford, 83, forklift operator

July 29, 2006

Rosa Mary Ford, a retired forklift operator who enjoyed cooking, died in her sleep July 21 at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 83.

Rosa Mary Harrison was born and raised in Rocky Mount, N.C. After graduating from high school in 1939, she moved to Baltimore.

Mrs. Ford worked for 35 years as a forklift operator at Continental Can Co. and later at Crown Cork and Seal Co. until she retired in the 1970s.

"Her favorite foods were fried chicken, which she prepared with special seasonings, and sweets," said her daughter, Colleen Harrison-Hart of Baltimore.

Mrs. Ford was an avid duckpin bowler and often bowled at the Lafayette Bowling Center. She also liked watching soap operas.

Mrs. Ford's husband of one year, Robert Ford, a construction worker, died in 1953.

She was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church, 2520 Francis St., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Also surviving are a son, Paul Ford of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, James Harrison of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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