Dolores C.L. Lucas, 74, postal worker

April 28, 2004

Dolores C.L. Lucas, a retired postal worker who was active in church affairs, died of cancer Saturday at her Randallstown home. She was 74.

She was born Dolores Carroll in Baltimore, raised in the city's Sandtown neighborhood and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School.

Mrs. Lucas began working as a postal clerk in 1962 at the former main post office in Monument Square, and later transferred to the new facility on East Fayette Street, where she remained until retiring in 1990.

She was a former communicant of St. Peter Claver and St. Cecilia Roman Catholic churches, and a member of the St. Bernardine Legion of Mary.

Mrs. Lucas was an accomplished baker, quilter and gardener. She was also a duckpin bowler, and for more than 30 years, beginning in the 1940s, she regularly bowled at Lafayette Lanes in West Baltimore.

She also volunteered at the Heritage Museum in Gwynns Falls Park, where a son, Steven Xavier Lee of Baltimore, is executive director. The museum highlights the art and history of Africans, African-Americans, Latin Americans, American Indians and West Indians.

She was a parishioner of New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Heights and Eldorado avenues, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Mrs. Lucas is survived by her husband of 15 years, Willie James Lucas, a retired postal worker; another son, Mark C. Lee of Baltimore; two daughters, Denise E. Lee and Donna P. Lee, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Samuel Carroll and Melvin Carroll, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Mary Catherine Davis of Randallstown and Ruth Mercer and Naomi Berry, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Francis X. Lee ended in divorce.

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