Isabelle Neal Handy, 70, clerk for Social Security

March 14, 2003

Isabelle Neal Handy, a former Social Security Administration clerk who was active in the affairs of St. Luke United Methodist Church, died of liver cancer March 7 at the Joseph Richey Hospice. She was 70.

Since 1995, the longtime Gilmor Street resident had lived in Zion Towers on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Sandtown-Winchester, the former Isabelle Neal was a 1951 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

She worked as a nursing assistant at Mercy, Lutheran and St. Agnes hospitals before going to work in 1973 as a clerk at the SSA's Woodlawn headquarters. At the time of her 1993 retirement, she was working at the agency's Metro West facility in Baltimore.

Since 1970, Mrs. Handy was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in West Baltimore, where she participated in several auxiliaries and served on many committees.

A soprano, she also sang with the Thomas Senior Choir. She was also a member and had been secretary and director of the gospel choir for 10 years.

Services were held Wednesday at the church.

Mrs. Handy is survived by three sons, Rodney L. Robinson, Vernon J. Robinson and Ivan J. Robinson, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Phyllis C. Outten of Owings Mills and Dorothy L. Ashford of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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