Alease V. Weems, a retired registered nurse and the oldest member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, died Oct. 15 of complications from cardiovascular disease at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 85.
Alease Vonetta Workman was born and raised in Baltimore. After graduating from Dunbar High School with honors in 1942, she earned a nursing certificate from Johns Hopkins Hospital.
She was a 1945 graduate of the old Provident Hospital School of Nursing and later attended what is now Morgan State University, where she earned a degree in political science.
In 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Warren Benjamin Weems Sr., a career noncommissioned Army officer. They lived abroad for several years.
After her husband's death in 1968, Mrs. Weems worked as a home visitor for Baltimore public schools, Better Business Bureau and the Visiting Nurses Association.
She was a resident of Walker Manor on York Road and, until last month, was working in the cooperative's front office.
For years, she was an election judge for the Baltimore City Board of Elections until stepping down in 1999, family members said.
She was a Red Cross volunteer and had been active in her neighborhood association.
Mrs. Workman was baptized at St. Matthew's and remained an active member of the congregation for the next 85 years.
"In her spare time, Alease enjoyed playing her ... piano, which she acquired in Amberg, Germany," said a grandchild, Christina Royster-Hemby, director of marketing and membership development at the Irvine Nature Center.
Services will he held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 416 E. 23rd St.
Also surviving are a son, Warren Benjamin Weems Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Wenda Royster of Parkville; a brother, William Yorkman of Philadelphia; a sister, Joyce Yorkman of Baltimore; four other grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Two of her children, David Lightfoot Weems and Vonetta Ann Weems, are deceased.