Irene E. Browne-Chambers, a retired city cafeteria worker, died Sunday of thyroid disease at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 106.
The daughter of a mechanic and a housekeeper, Irene Ernestine Browne was born and raised in East Baltimore.
She graduated in 1924 from Frederick Douglass High School and married George F. Chambers, a postal worker, three years later. For years, the couple lived on Eden Street, where they raised their two children.
Mrs. Browne-Chambers worked as a city public schools cafeteria worker for nearly three decades until retiring in the 1960s.
After retiring, Mrs. Browne-Chambers and her husband moved to the Pentridge Apartments in Northwood.
"She took the bus downtown every day," said her daughter, Shirley L. Chambers of Towson. "She was a great walker and loved downtown Baltimore. She had been a good walker all throughout her life."
Her husband died in 1972.
For the last decade, Mrs. Browne-Chambers lived at the Court House Square Apartments in Towson, where she maintained an independent living style.
"It was those 14 steps that kept her young," her daughter said of her home.
Mrs. Browne-Chambers enjoyed reading and watching movies and TV. She also liked to travel to New York City and Atlantic City.
Other than not smoking or drinking, Mrs. Browne-Chambers did not follow any particular health regimen.
"But she walked every day and used to enjoy cooking, but not so much in recent years," her daughter said. "She loved to eat, and especially fried chicken."
She was a former member of Apostolic Baptist Church in East Baltimore.
"Her great heart and youthful, childlike spirit kept her vibrant and healthy for 106 years," said Ms. Chambers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Browne-Chambers is survived by two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Her son, George F. Chambers Jr., died in 1994.