Laura E. Harper, 75, waitress at hospitals


Laura E. Harper, who had worked as a waitress at several area hospitals, died of kidney failure Sunday at Bon Secours Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 75.

Laura E. Lewis was born and raised in Plymouth, N.C., and worked in New York City in the 1940s as a housekeeper.

During that time she married Moses Harper, a steel worker. Mr. Harper died in 1983.

After moving to Baltimore in the late 1940s, she worked as a waitress in the dining room at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later at what is now the state's Rosewood Center, a job from which she retired in 1991.

The Sequoia Avenue resident was a longtime member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, and sang in its choir. She also was a participant in the church's Saturday morning Bible classes.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Moriah, 2201 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore.

Survivors include a sister, Ethel L. Banks of Baltimore, and a nephew, Ivory Lewis of Owings Mills.

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