Anna V. Cole, 87, restaurateur

October 01, 2006

Anna V. Cole, a former restaurant owner and caregiver, died of heart failure Monday at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown. She was 87.

Anna Virginia Brazier was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden. She attended city public schools and worked as a waitress at the Lotus Inn and the Star, family members said. In the early 1960s, she owned two small restaurants in the Pikesville area. In 1970, she moved to Durham, N.C., after her marriage to Charles H. Cole, a housepainter.

For 20 years, the couple, who later moved to Wilmington, N.C., owned and operated Snag's Inn at Carolina Beach, N.C. Mr. Cole died in 1990.

In 1993, Mrs. Cole moved to Boynton Beach, Fla., where she worked as a private-duty caregiver, until returning to Randallstown in 2003.

Mrs. Cole enjoyed fishing.

A memorial service was held Thursday.

Surviving are a son, James T. Finnegan of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; two daughters, Virginia Marzullo of Davenport, Fla., and Harriett Woodbury of Durham, N.C.; a sister, Alice Hood of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. A son, John A. Finnegan, died in 1983. An earlier marriage to John Finnegan ended in divorce.

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