Lucy McIntyre, Govans community activist

April 29, 1991|By Michelle Singletary | Michelle Singletary,Evening Sun Staff

Lucy Martin McIntyre, a longtime community activist in Govans, was fatally stabbed April 23 at her home on Richwood Avenue. She was 63.

Memorial services for Mrs. McIntyre will be held at noon tomorrow at the First Baptist Church, 525 N. Caroline St.

Mrs. McIntyre, who had been president of the Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association since 1984, was known for her efforts to spruce up her community.

"While most women carry cosmetics in their purse, Lucy would have screws and a hammer in hers," said Alice Bevans, a close friend of Mrs. McIntyre's and vice president of the neighborhood group.

Joyce E. Leviton, chief of the district planning section in the city Department of Planning, said that in a city known for the character of its neighborhoods, Mrs. McIntyre was known for her tireless efforts to keep Govans a nice place to live and raise a family. She had lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years.

Ms. Leviton, who works with community associations, had known Mrs. McIntyre for more than 11 years.

"In the city, all you hear about is the drugs in the neighborhoods, but Lucy represented another side," said Ms. Leviton.

Ms. Leviton said Mrs. McIntyre hounded landlords, trying to get them to repair their properties. She would round up neighborhood children to sweep streets and remove trash and would not hesitate to mow a neighbor's lawn or trim the shrubs.

"In the city, in order to keep a neighborhood strong and vital, you need people like Lucy. She was a leader. We've lost a legend and we are going to be hurt because of it," Ms. Leviton said.

"Her key to living was loving, caring, sharing and trusting," said Ms. Bevans. "Two things I did before I went to bed was say my prayers and say good night to Lucy."

Despite heavy opposition from some segments of the community, Mrs. McIntyre helped establish the Mutual Housing Association, a non-profit organization that operates Alameda Place, a housing development for low- to moderate-income families at Cold Spring Lane and the Alameda.

The project, approved by the City Council in 1981, was a new concept in affordable housing. Residents, who rent the townhouses, pay membership fees ranging from $2,300 to $3,200 and share in managing the development.

Edith Hare, president of the Govans Economic Management Senate, which represents 10 neighborhoods in Govans, said of Mrs. McIntyre: "Her neighborhood was her business. She was so positive and excited about successes in her neighborhood. She wanted to be sure everything was done just right."

Mrs. McIntyre also was a national representative for GEMS. She traveled across the country to help other neighborhood associations.

"What's impressive about Lucy was she wanted to share her knowledge and successes in her neighborhood," said Ms. Leviton. "She wanted to help neighborhoods all over the country to become stronger."

Her daughter, Karen V. McIntyre, said one of her mother's favorite hymns contained these words, "If I could help somebody, then my life will not be in vain."

Mrs. McIntyre is also survived by her 98-year-old mother, Clervy Martin of Baltimore; a brother, Roscoe H. Martin of Philadelphia; her former husband, Charles T. McIntyre; and five sons, Charles E. McIntyre of Chase, Edmond T. McIntyre of Baltimore, Ronald E. McIntyre of Woodbridge, Va., Vernon R. McIntyre of Allen, Texas, and Kevin L. McIntyre of Lynchburg, Va.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Richnor Springs Neighborhood Association in care of business manager Wilbert Bevans, 705 Radnor Ave., Baltimore 21212. The money will be used for the restoration of a vacant lot behind Mrs. McIntyre's home. The city plans to name the park in her honor.

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