Alice Joy McCormick, a homemaker and antiques collector, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 84.
She was born and raised Alice Joy James in Newton, Miss., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and speech from Baylor University in 1941. During the 1940s, she was a social worker for the Works Progress Administration and later sold yellow-pages advertising for Southern Bell Telephone Co.
She met her future husband, Hugh P. McCormick Jr., while he was in college and attending a Baptist student retreat in North Carolina. They married in 1944.
The couple moved to Baltimore in 1946 and for many years lived in a Georgian brick home on Lambeth Road in Guilford. In 1994, they moved to the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville.
Mrs. McCormick enjoyed collecting English and American antiques and was an accomplished needleworker. She also liked playing bridge.
"She had the personality of a Southern belle and made many friends. She really lived up to her name of Joy," said her husband, who retired in 1982 as manager of military sales and private labeling for McCormick & Co., which had been founded by his uncle, Charles P. McCormick.
She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Questers, an antiques group, and was a charter member of the Woodland Garden Club.
She was a longtime member of University Baptist Church, where she had been a Sunday school teacher and Missionary Society leader. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, 3501 N. Charles St.
Mrs. McCormick also is survived by a son, Hugh P. McCormick III of Ruxton; two daughters, Mary M. Meyer of Murray Hill and Alice M. Meiners of Ocean Ridge, Fla.; a sister, Beulah Frances Stahl of Memphis; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.