Eunice W. Spears, a retired housekeeper and longtime member of Faith Baptist Church, died of cancer Sept. 24 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 91.
Eunice Wearing, the daughter of sharecroppers, was born in Florence County, S.C., the youngest of 12 children.
She was educated in the public schools of Florence County and later moved to the town of Florence, S.C., where she began her career as a housekeeper and cook.
After marrying Wade Spears in 1942, the couple moved to Baltimore, where her husband worked as a painter for the Patapsco & Back River Railroad Co., a Bethlehem Steel Corp. subsidiary at Sparrows Point.
Mrs. Spears worked as a custodian at G.C. Murphy, Sears Roebuck & Co. and Edmondson High School. She later cleaned airplanes at what is now BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport before becoming a housekeeper.
She retired in 1984.
Mrs. Spears lived for 47 years in the 100 block of N. Edgewood St. before moving several years ago to a seniors apartment at Stadium Place.
She had been a member since 1943 of Faith Baptist Church, where she had been a member of the Female Usher Board and had served as its president and vice president. She had been an adviser to the youth ushers and a deaconess. She was a member of the Women's League, Missionary Society and had been president of the Women's Ministry.
Mrs. Spears was known for her stylish, custom-made hats, dresses and shoes, family members said.
She enjoyed working in her garden and cooking.
"Eunice's passion for cooking and her love of people prompted her to entertain family and friends all through the year in her meticulously kept home, but especially on holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas," said a daughter, Lucretia Spears-Berry of Lochearn.
"There was nothing like Christmas on Edgewood Street with her delicious homemade cookies, fruitcakes, pies and a gorgeous tree with decorations everywhere," she said.
Her daughter described her mother as being the "epitome of social graciousness."
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 833 N. Bond St.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Spears is survived by a son, Ernest Spears of Washington; another daughter, Wanda G. Spears of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.