Ira Badham-Adams

Receptionist

May 13, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ira V. Badham-Adams, a retired receptionist and longtime member of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, died of a heart attack May 5 at a hospital in Jersey City, N.J. She was 92.

Ira Virginia Badham was born in Baltimore and raised on McCulloh Street. She was a 1933 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and attended Howard University in Washington.

During the 1940s, she was an office assistant for a Baltimore real estate company. During the 1960s, she was in housekeeping at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center. She had been a volunteer at the old Liberty Medical Center.

Mrs. Badham-Adams had lived since the 1970s at the St. Stephens Court Apartments in West Baltimore. Since 2007, she had lived at Cusack Care Center, a Jersey City nursing home.

She was a member for more than 50 years of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church, 1206 Etting St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Surviving is her daughter, Portia E. Badham, former WBAL-TV news writer and WFBR-AM news anchor. A marriage to John Adams ended in divorce.

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