Maggie Worthey, 89, the owner and operator of three parking lots in the area of North Capitol and G streets for many years, died of arteriosclerosis Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Worthy was born in Spartanburg, S.C. She moved to Washington in 1913 and began her business career by opening an oyster bar. She then went into the fuel business, supplying her customers with wood and coal. About 1920, she opened a grocery store and continued to run it until 1934.
In that year, she acquired her first parking lot at the corner of North Capitol Street and G Place NE. It served employes of the nearby Government Printing Office. Over the years, she got two other parking lots in the same area and continued to run her business until 1965, when the land was taken by condemnation for government project.
Mrs. Worthey was a founder of the Mount Airey Baptist Church in Washington. She was a member of the choir, a deaconess and the only woman member of the Men's Club. She contributed food and clothing to the church for distribution to the needy.
Her husband, John Worthey, died in 1935.
Survivors include a daughter, Dolores L. McConnell of Washington, three grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.