Naomi C. Myers, volunteer

Naomi C. Myers, a former longtime volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital and a centenarian, died Sunday from complications of dementia at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Roland Park.

She was 102.

The former Naomi Catherine Newman was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Carroll neighborhood. She was a 1927 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and studied nursing at night at her former high school.

Mrs. Myers worked for 16 years as a hand presser at Miller & Baker, a uniform company, and later was in housekeeping for 20 years at the old Pittsburgh Plate Glass on Guilford Avenue.

In 1972, Mrs. Myers began volunteering at Bon Secours Hospital, and continued for the next 38 years until retiring in 2010.

A resident of Ashburton since 1949, she moved to Keswick Multi-Care Center a year ago. She enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting and knitting. She also had been a bowler.

Mrs. Myers followed no particular regimen in gaining centenary status, family members said, but she did not smoke or drink.

"She loved to cook," said a longtime friend, Betty Boone-Capehart of Reisterstown. "She ate beef, but not pork. She liked her greens and coconut cake and did a little bit of exercise."

Mrs. Myers was the subject of two Channel 13 Salutes, said her daughter, Naomi J. "Betty" Myers of Ashburton.

Her husband of 61 years, Garfield Myers, a retired brick maker, died in 1994.

She had been an active member of Timothy Baptist Church, 1214 W. Saratoga St., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Myers is survived by a brother, Henry Newman of Philadelphia; and three grandsons. Another daughter, Geraldine Adams, died in 2007.

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