Marie Sockwell Francis, a retired school administrator and businesswoman, died Monday of cancer at Howard County General Hospital. She lived on Hyla Brook Road in Columbia.
Services for Dr. Francis will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.
She retired in 1989 as supervisor of the Office of English, Reading and Library Services in the Baltimore school system. However, she continued to work part time as a tutor in a supplementary program for elementary school students and to serve as coordinator in a similar summer program for middle school students.
She began teaching Latin, English and reading in Virginia. She came to Baltimore in 1954 after her marriage to Dr. Earlie Hill Francis Jr., a pediatrician who died in 1989.
An English teacher in Baltimore schools, she headed the English department at Harlem Park Junior High School and held other posts before her retirement.
She also taught education courses at Morgan State and Johns Hopkins universities before her retirement.
Also, she had been a member of a U.S. Office of Education Comparative Study team that toured the Soviet Union and several other European countries.
The former Marie Sockwell was a native of North Braddock, Pa., and a graduate of Virginia Union University.
At Hopkins, she earned two master's degrees and a doctorate and did additional graduate work.
For four years before she closed the business in June, she owned Ovella's Boutique, selling clothing and gifts at shops in Columbia and Ellicott City.
She also had done educational consulting work for publishers and school systems.
At Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, she sang in the senior choir, served in the Altar Guild and supported a scholarship fund and an outreach center.
She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta educational honorary society, the Delta Sigma Theta service sorority, the Baltimore chapter of Links Six Plus and the auxiliary of the Monumental City Medical Society.
She was fond of reading, wrote short stories, cooked, collected china, played the piano, did needlework and kept Bouvier des Flandres dogs as pets.
Her survivors include a son, Dr. Earlie Hill Francis III of Pittsburgh.