Annie J. Nelson, 108

Homemaker

June 11, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Annie J. Nelson, a homemaker who had been active in her church, died Friday of complications from dementia at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 108.

Annie Augusta James, the daughter of farmers, was born and raised in Springfield, S.C., where she graduated from high school.

In 1918, she married Napoleon Nelson, an Alcoa Aluminum Co. worker, who died in 1932. Six years later, she married James Peterkin, also an Alcoa worker, who died in 1979.

She lived for 50 years in Badin, N.C., before moving to Baltimore in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Nelson had been an active member of John Wesley AME Zion Church in Baltimore.

"All of her life she was a hard-working and active woman. She loved talking about the horse and buggy her father had given her when she was 16," said a daughter, Terry Nelson Patterson of Temple Hills. "She never had to go to the gym. She got to be 108 by eating organically and never drinking or smoking."

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Also surviving are a son, Haywood Nelson of Baltimore; another daughter, Jean Nelson Bagley of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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