Meta C. Cannady, a cosmetologist who was a charter member of Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, died Saturday from complications of diabetes and heart failure at her Penn-Lucy home. She was 90.
The former Meta Candice Harris was the daughter of Willie Harris Sr. and Alice Harris, farmers. She was born and raised in Kittrell, N.C., where she graduated from G.C. Hawley High School in Creedmoor.
She attended North Carolina College for Negroes, now North Carolina Central University, and also attended a beauty school.
In 1949, she married Lincoln Cannady Sr., and in 1956 the couple moved to Baltimore seeking better job opportunities, according to family members.
In 1958, she was a charter member of Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, located in Penn-Lucy. Its founder and pastor, the Rev. Leroy H. Cannady Jr., was her brother-in-law, family members said.
She was a lifetime member of the church, and served as president of its Missionary Board and a leader of the women’s ministry. She was also a member of the pastor’s aid, new member, prayer and sick, and kitchen committees.
She was a member and usher board adviser and was president of the communion and baptism committees and the Refuge Chorus, where she sang for decades.
She is survived by a son, Bernard Cannady of Atlanta; four daughters, Christine Cannady, Charlotte Quinn, Cheryl Ziegler and Sandra Lynn Cannady, all of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Lincoln Cannady Jr. and Earl Cannady.