Tionne T. Tilghman, 46, hotel housekeeper

Tionne T. Tilghman, a former hotel housekeeper who enjoyed cooking, died of cancer July 30 at her Waverly home. She was 46.

Born and raised in Baltimore, she grew up on Maryland Avenue and was a graduate of Northwestern High School.


During the 1980s, she was a cafeteria worker in city schools and also was employed for seven years in the housekeeping department of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

She was a housekeeper at the downtown Holiday Inn and the Quality Inn on Russell Street until retiring last year on a medical disability.


"She was a lovable person who enjoyed cooking for everybody. She'd prepare food for funeral luncheons, picnics and family outings. And her specialties were pigs' feet, fried chicken, potato salad and macaroni and cheese," said her mother, Audrey A. Dixon of Baltimore.

Miss Tilghman also liked reading novels and solving crossword puzzles.

She was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

Services were held Sunday.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Brent A. Matthews of Baltimore; two daughters, Shena T. Taylor and Marisha Jones, both of Baltimore; her father, Elmer Tilghman Jr. of San Antonio; three brothers, Elmer Tilghman, Derrick Tilghman and Juan Tilghman, all of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.