Hilda G. Belcher, 99, registered nurse

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Hilda G. Belcher, a retired registered nurse and avid sports fan, died of heart failure Monday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 99 and a longtime resident of the Roland Park Place retirement community.

Born and raised in Chesterfield County, Va., the former Hilda Goode had a private school education and completed nurse's training in 1927 at Petersburg Hospital in Petersburg, Va.

That year, she married Eugene Paul Belcher, an organist who was a choirmaster at churches in Annapolis and Washington. She was a nurse in Annapolis until 1953, when she moved to northern New Jersey after her husband took a job as a medical advertising editor in New York City.

After she completed her 50-year nursing career at a hospital in Montclair, N.J., she and her husband returned to Baltimore in 1977. He died in 1990.

Until she lost her sight, she enjoyed reading. She was an enthusiastic Navy football and Orioles fan, and had enjoyed riding transit buses to games at Memorial Stadium, family members said.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Mrs. Belcher is survived by a son, David E. Belcher of Guilford; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Helen Belcher Langford, died in 2002.

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