Nancy Wylie (Baltimore Sun )
Nancy M. "Nanny" Wylie, a retired housekeeper and caterer who enjoyed cooking for family and friends, died Aug. 30 in her sleep at her Gwynn Oak home. She was 96.
The daughter of farmers, she was born Nancy Mayfield and raised in Chester, S.C., where she attended Chester County public schools.
After her mother's death, she left school to care for her father and younger sisters.
"She picked cotton, cooked, and took care of the housekeeping chores and finances for the home," said a daughter, Martina Wylie Clinton of Randallstown.
In 1938, she married Ambrose Wylie and moved to the 1600 block of W. Lexington St. Mr. Wylie, who worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp., died in 1969.
Mrs. Wylie worked for 50 years as a housekeeper and later as a caterer for the now-defunct Bluefeld Catering Co. in Pikesville. She retired in 1994.
"She was an old Southern belle and a good cook. Some of her outstanding dishes were peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and biscuits. She also made a mean potato salad," said another daughter, Louella Wylie Garner of Gwynn Oak.
"She got great joy out of cooking and entertaining family and friends. She loved preparing the food, setting her table with the finest linens, glassware and silver," she said.
Mrs. Wylie had been an active member since 1938 of Mount Hebron Baptist Church, where she had been an usher as well as a member of Pastor's Aid, Pulpit Aid, Mother's Council and the United Hands of God.
She also was instrumental in chairing many fundraising projects that financed the building of Mount Hebron's new building in the 2600 block of W. North Ave., which opened in 1976.
Mrs. Wylie enjoyed attending the theater and traveling. She also had taken cruises to the Caribbean and Hawaii.
One of the highlights of her mother's life, Mrs. Clinton said, was being able to vote for Barack Obama for president.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at her church.
Mrs. Wylie is also survived by another daughter, Louise Wylie of Gwynn Oak; three sisters, Sallie Mayfield of Gwynn Oak, Rosa Barber of East Baltimore and Willa Twitty of Washington; three grandsons; 11 great- grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. Her son, Willie D. Wylie, died in 2006.