Audrey C. Horn, former executive director of the Christian Community Center, died of undetermined causes Friday at Brightview Assisted Living in Annandale, Virginia. The former longtime Cockeysville resident was 100.
The former Audrey Elizabeth Collison, daughter of Alfred Vernon Collison, a World War I Army infantryman, and his wife, Coretta Schweizer Collison, a homemaker and seamstress, was born in Baltimore and raised on Belvieu Avenue in Gwynn Oak.
She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and attended Strayer’s Business College. During World War II, she began a 14-year career working in accounting in the business office at Edgewood Arsenal.
In the early 1960s, she went to work at the women and children’s branch of the Helping Up Mission, which later became the Christian Community Center in the 1400 block of Hollins St. in West Baltimore, where she rose to become the organization’s executive director.
Known as “Miss Betty,” the center offered free preschool and after-school programs for school-age children. She also oversaw and directed a summer program for the children that included a two-week vacation at the Mountain View Bible Camp in Manchester.