Fannie Mae Kilgore, Mother To Generations

Posted: February 13, 1996

Fannie Mae ``Mumma'' Kilgore, who cared deeply about the four generations of children in her family, died Saturday. She was 90 and lived in Nicetown.

``She loved children. She was the type of person who cared the most about children,'' said Wendall Owen, a grandson. ``She was quiet and reserved and had a dry sense of humor. Everybody called her `Mumma.' She was a strong and loving mother. Even the great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren loved her to death.''

Melvin Kilgore, one of her sons, said, ``She was a good example for the children . . . ''

She was an active member of Triumph Baptist Church, where she had served on the Senior Citizen Committee.

Born in Compton, Ga., Kilgore grew up on a farm and became accustomed to hard work at an early age. She came to Philadelphia in 1963, and two years later went to live in Dayton, Ohio, to care for her mother. When her mother died in 1979, Kilgore returned to Philadelphia. For a number of years she worked as a domestic.

``She touched the heart of everyone she met,'' said her grandson.

Her husband, William Kilgore, died in 1949.

Survivors also include two other sons, Calvin and James; four daughters, Pearlie Allen, Mary Reid, Marion Owen and Ann Robertson; a brother, William; five sisters, Annie Hopkins, Bessie Bradley, Katie Sims, Ruth Jordon and Willia Kilgore, 37 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Triumph Baptist Church, 16th and Wingohocking streets, where friends may call two hours before the services. Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery, 15th and Haines streets.

MARGERY SPEAKMAN HAINES Margery Speakman Haines, an organizer of Moral Re-armament, died Wednesday. She was 99 and lived in Cathedral Village, a retirement home in Andorra.

Haines was a pioneer member and a founder of the Oxford Group, which later became known as Moral Re-armament, a group of Christian evangelists dedicated to personal and national rebirth.

She and her husband, Charles Huston Haines, traveled all over the world spreading the organization's message. She was also a founding member of the Junior League in Wilmington, Del.

She alsois survived by eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the spring at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Moral Re-armament, Suite 910, 1156 Fifteenth St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005-1704.


Joan Lucielle Costantini, who was active in community and church affairs, died Sunday. She was 62 and lived in Yeadon.

The former Joan Rose had been employed as an office worker for 17 years by the Keylox Corp. and for five years as a bus driver for the William Penn School District.

She was a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 54 and was a den leader coach at the Yeadon Presbyterian Church. Costantini received the District Award of Merit from the Seneca District, Valley Forge Council, Boy Scouts of America. She also was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Yeadon Borough Council in 1991 for her Scouting and community contributions.

Costantini was an accomplished artist and an avid bowler until the onset of illness in 1992.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Leo Costantini, and a son, Philip.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Yeadon Presbyterian Church, Baily and Holly roads. Entombment will be in Fernwood Cemetery, 6500 Baltimore Ave., Fernwood.

Friends may call between 7 and 9 tomorrow night at the Logan Funeral Home, 805 Longacre Blvd., Yeadon.


Anthony V. Parisi, a retired businessman, died Friday. He was 73 and lived in Holmesburg.

Parisi owned and operated the Nu Look Car Wash at 7900 Roosevelt Blvd. from 1958 until he retired in 1980. He previously had owned Holmesburg Beer Distributor in the 8100 block of Craig Street.

Survivors include his wife, the former Anna M. Capecci; a son, Anthony V.; three daughters, Barbara Brosenne, Natalie Maher and Denise Boothman, 16 grandchildren, one great-grandson and four sisters, Mary Bolognone, Antoinette DePalma, Anna Knab and Rose Dascenzo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Church, 8502 Frankford Ave. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. today at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 9304 Old Bustleton Ave.

Contributions may be made to St. Dominic's School, 8500 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19136.

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