Mary C. Andersen

Age 84: Homemaker, cafeteria worker in county schools

June 14, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Mary C. Andersen, a homemaker who had been a public school cafeteria worker, died of a heart attack Monday at her home in Avalon, Baltimore County. She was 84.

Mary Carrine Sones, the daughter of a Baptist evangelist, was born and raised in Sones Chapel, Miss.

She moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1943 to Albert T. Andersen, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad dispatcher.

Mr. Andersen died in 1989.

Mrs. Andersen honed her skills as a cook while a youngster by preparing meals for the large number of parishioners her father often brought home for dinner.

From 1967 to 1979, she worked as a cafeteria cook at Relay Elementary School and later Arbutus Middle School.

Mrs. Andersen enjoyed working in her large vegetable and flower garden.

She was known for her fresh-picked strawberries and strawberry preserves that she made each June from berries she grew in her strawberry patch, family members said.

Other dishes that found favor with family and friends were her country-style crab soup and pitchers of chilled sweet Southern iced tea.

She was also accomplished at needlepoint.

Mrs. Andersen had been a member of the former Relay Presbyterian Church, where she also sang in the choir. Currently, she is a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Arbutus, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today. The address is 4748 Shelbourne Road.

Surviving are her four sons, Dr. Willie A. Andersen of Charlottesville, Va., James B. Andersen of Virginia Beach, Va., and John M. Andersen and Thomas B. Andersen, both of Catonsville; a daughter, Mary Margaret Peacock of Randallstown; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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