Mae Carol Locks, a retired funeral director, died of a heart attack Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The East Baltimore resident was 91.
For nearly 40 years, she and her husband, Joseph G. Locks Jr., operated a funeral home at Central Avenue and Preston Street. They had been married for nearly 74 years when her husband died April 21.
Born Mae Carol Henson in Macon, Ga., she grew up on Druid Hill Avenue in Baltimore's Sugar Hill neighborhood. She attended Frederick Douglass High School.
She was a past president of the ladies auxiliary of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
She was a reading volunteer at Madison Square Elementary School and was elected to the Dunbar High School Hall of Fame in recognition of her PTA work.
"Mae enjoyed life. She loved dancing, and her musical taste was eclectic, ranging from Beethoven to James Brown," said a daughter, Barbara Locks McCoy of Baltimore.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 1501 E. Oliver St., where she was a Eucharistic minister and lector.
Survivors also include another daughter, Jeanne Locks Robinson; five grandchildren, including Dr. Patricia L. Schmoke, wife of former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Joseph G. Locks III, died in 1992.