Madge R. Cannon, a retired Social Security Administration worker and longtime member of Fulton Baptist Church, died Oct. 22 of heart failure at Envoy of Pikesville nursing home. She was 86.
The daughter of Willie Rice, a factory worker, and Clara Fernandez Rice, a housekeeper, Madge Rice was born in Baltimore and then moved to Jonesville, S.C.
In 1937, she and her family moved back to Baltimore. She attended Frederick Douglass High School, from which she graduated in 1947. She attended what is now Coppin State University and later Baltimore City Community College.
Mrs. Cannon, who had lived on Sequoia Avenue for 45 years, worked at the SSA's headquarters in Woodlawn as an information clerk for 14 years before retiring in 1995.
Mrs. Cannon was baptized at Fulton Baptist Church in 1937 and remained an active member for the rest of her life.
She had been president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of the church's Church Aid Auxiliary, and sang with the senior choir and Voices of Fulton. She also was active in its Sunday school, served as secretary of the Missionary Society and was the church's resolutions clerk.
Mrs. Cannon was an active member of the United Baptist Convention of Maryland and had been secretary and lifetime member of the Women's Auxiliary of the United Baptist Missionary Convention. She was the former secretary of the Mount Bethel Association of Maryland.
She was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mrs. Cannon, who was her family's historian, also maintained a lively correspondence with family and friends.
"She always would remember them on their birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and deaths with a card," said a son, John Cannon of Baltimore.
Mrs. Cannon was also an accomplished cook and baker.
"She also made a mean potato salad to which she added a little hot sauce," her son said.
Her husband of 17 years, Forrest Grover Cannon, a factory worker, died in 1965.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, 1630 W. North Ave.
Mrs. Cannon is also survived by two other sons, Forrest G. Cannon Jr. and Walter Rice, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Marlene Cannon and Bonnie Sterrette, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Elizabeth Goins, Dorothy Harvey and Shirley Cooper, all of Baltimore; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters. Two other sons, the Rev. G. Michael Rice and Rene Graham II, died in 1993 and 1999, respectively.
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