Florence B. "Sissy" Cornish, a retired cafeteria cook and homemaker, died June 26, her 77th birthday, of kidney failure at Bradford Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Clinton.
The former longtime Pigtown and Edmondson Village resident had lived in recent years in Upper Marlboro.
Florence "Sissy" Boone was born and raised on Ostend Street in Pigtown. She attended city public schools.
Until retiring in 1980, Mrs. Cornish was a cafeteria cook at the old Woolworth's on West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore, where she had worked for many years.
Mrs. Cornish brought her culinary expertise home to the delight of family and friends.
"She loved to cook and was known for her potato salad, fried chicken, barbecued pig's feet and sauerkraut and pig tails," said a niece, Star Wilkins, who lives in Baltimore.
"She was the matriarch of our family," said a nephew, Lynnwood M. Taylor of Baltimore. "She was a very loving, caring, compassionate mother, sister, aunt and grandmother."
Mrs. Cornish moved to Upper Marlboro about five years ago.
She was a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church, where services were held Friday.
Also surviving are a son, Eric Q. Cornish of Upper Marlboro; a daughter, Barbara Ann Sutton of Baltimore; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. Her marriage to retired Baltimore City firefighter Donald Quentin Cornish ended in divorce in 1980.