Hazel L. Smith, a retired West Baltimore cosmetologist and choir singer, died Sunday of heart failure at her New Shiloh Village Senior Living home. She was 91.

Hazel Louise Smith was born and raised in Prince George's County, where she attended public schools.

She moved to Baltimore in the 1930s to study cosmetology, and after receiving her license, Ms. Smith opened Hazel's Beauty Salon in her home in the 800 block N. Stricker St. She later moved it to a home on Braddish Avenue, where she lived for many years.

She retired after 50 years, in the 1980s, said her son, Roland C. Smith Sr. of Baltimore.

A soprano, Ms. Smith sang with choirs at Gillis Memorial Christian Church, where she had been a member for more than 70 years.

For the last five years, she has been a resident of New Shiloh Village.

"She liked reading her Bible," said her son, who added that his mother was an "excellent cook."

"She made the best fried chicken and ribs," he said. "She was also a baker and was known for her poundcake, apple and peach cobblers, cheesecake and German chocolate cake."

Services will be held Saturday at her church at 4016 Park Heights Ave., with a musical program beginning at 10 a.m., followed by services at 11 a.m.

In addition to her son, Ms. Smith is survived by four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com