Sandra E. Chandler, who helped her mother, Dr. Bea Gaddy, in her charitable work providing food, shelter and financial assistance to the Baltimore area’s needy, died Jan. 30 after suffering a massive heart attack.
According to news reports, she died in Alabama, but will be returned home for burial.
Chandler, along with her sister Cynthia Brooks, continued their mother’s outreach and charitable work after her death in 2001. Gaddy, known as the Mother Teresa of Baltimore, who was once homeless herself, in 1981 used $250 she had won in the Maryland State Lottery to serve a Thanksgiving meal to 49 of her neighbors. Her aim was to help men, women and children who fell through the cracks in the city’s social service programs or chose not to seek help from government agencies.
Chandler was the oldest of Bea Gaddy’s five children. As a young mother, Gaddy lived on welfare and worked as a housekeeper to support them.
Brooks, indicated details of arrangements will be made available on Feb. 4.