Turner Station stalwart Alice Mondie dies
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:07

Local business leader was 90

by John G. Bailey

    Longtime Turner Station resident and community leader Alice M. Mondie died Sept. 23. She was 90 and had lived in Turner Station for 65 years.
    A Virginia native, she was born in Dunnsville and graduated from John Moncure High School in Millers Tavern in 1938. After moving to Baltimore she graduated from Cortez Peters Business College in 1942.
    She worked at the Social Security Administration for seven years before resigning to raise four daughters. She put her seamstress skills to work in her husband’s business, Mondie’s Cleaners, one of the pioneering black-owned business establishments in Turner Station.
    “She was a Christian mother and ardent worker,” recalled friend Courtney Speed. “When she knew she would be working late, she would cook meals at the cleaners so that her daughters would have a hot supper when they got home from school. She supported not only her own family but other families in the community.”
  

“She was one of the many business pioneers of Turner Station,” Speed said. Her business acumen was recognized during a celebration at Del Capri in December 2009 which honored Turner Station entrepreneurs.
    The Mondie Room in the Thomas and Martha Allmond Economic Development Center is named after her.
    In 1962 she renewed her employment with the federal government, working with the U.S. Army and then the A.G. Publication Center, where she was a computer operator. She retired in 1981 after nearly 27 years of federal service.
    A longtime member of St. Matthew Methodist Church, she served in the Methodist Youth Fellowship and United Methodist Women ministries, worked on the finance committee and was treasurer for many years. 
    “A majority of Mom’s service was to the church, with many years committed to youths,” her daughter Beverly Smith said. “She also volunteered at Turner Station Recreation Council.”
    She loved spending time with family, traveling, fishing, crafting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, playing pinochle and going to casinos.
    Daughters Beverly Smith, Diane Mondie-Wilkes, Gail Banks and Leslie Pack, sister Kathryn Jones, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren survive her. 
    Husband George C. Mondie Jr. predeceased her after 53 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death were sisters Rosa King, Viola Brown and Annie Wright, brother John Cauthorne and a great-grandson.
    Services were held at St. Matthew United Methodist Church.