Donna Bethea, a health care analyst and longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, died of leukemia Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
She was 44.
Ms. Bethea was born in Baltimore and raised on Brighton Avenue. She was a 1985 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.
She earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 in information technology from the University of Phoenix, and two weeks ago had completed the course work for a master's degree in health administration, also from the University of Phoenix, family members said.
Ms. Bethea worked in the pharmacy department of the Liberty Road Giant before taking a job at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
She was a safety supervisor at the United Parcel Service hub in Arbutus for a decade, then started a job six years ago as an analyst at MedAssurant Inc. in Bowie, where she was working at the time of her death.
"Donna loved to do hair and nails," said her sister Sharon Winters, who lives in Monrovia, Frederick County.
Ms. Bethea enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends, and was known for her baked macaroni and cheese, said Mrs. Winters.
"To reward the night crew at UPS, she used to make brunches for them," her sister said.
Ms. Bethea enjoyed taking cruises and visiting Deep Creek Lake and Las Vegas.
A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department, 4000 Benson Ave., Arbutus.
In addition to her sister, Ms. Bethea is survived by her son, Damion Curry of Jacksonville, Fla.; her mother, Beverly Bethea of Baltimore; two brothers, Lawrence Bethea and Arnold Bethea, both of Baltimore; and another sister, Camille Holmes of Baltimore.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun