Lydia R. Wingfield, 79, community college worker

September 07, 2005

Services for Lydia Rowena Wingfield, a retired community college employee who had assisted disabled students, will begin with a wake at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Katharine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St., where she was a communicant for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Wingfield, who was 79, was found dead Aug. 30 in her Windsor Hills home -- the result of a homicide that remains under investigation, according to city police.

Born Lydia Rowena Carter in Baltimore and raised on Bloom Street, she was a 1945 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She attended what is now Morgan State University.

She was a statistician at the old U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park and later became a city schools classroom aide.

For several years, Mrs. Wingfield was a receptionist in the tutorial center of Baltimore City Community College. She retired there in 1993 as a facilitator for the disabled.

She was a four-decade member of the Windsor Hills Neighborhood Association and had served on the board of Compassionate Friends of Maryland. She enjoyed travel.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, John W. Wingfield Sr.; three sons, Kevin Carter, Ivan M. Wingfield and Jerrold C. Wingfield; an adopted son, Zachary Armstrong; a daughter, Nona G. Diggs; a brother, Richard K. Carter; and a sister, Leona C. Abrams. All are of Baltimore. She also is survived by 15 grandchildren.

A son, John W. Wingfield Jr., died in 1990. A daughter, Ardyth Diggs Coleman, died in 1985.

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