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Beatrice Payne

Beatrice Payne, a Baltimore County native, has died at the age of 106. Payne grew up in Baltimore County and went on to teach in the County for more than 25 years at Sparks Elementary School. She was also a supervisor of the special education department at Towson Elementary School. She was the first black administrative assistant in Baltimore County. Payne graduated from Bowie High School in 1926, and then went to Bowie Normal School (now Bowie State University) for her two-year teacher training certificate. She went on to receive her degree in education from Morgan State College (now University). She was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Zeta Chapter, and active for more than 80 years in her church, Grace Presbyterian in Baltimore, MD.