Lorraine Redd Evans, 76, GE assembly line worker

September 26, 2005

Lorraine Redd Evans, who spent 30 years working on the assembly line at the former General Electric plant in Columbia, died of cancer Tuesday at Maryland General Hospital. She was 79 and lived in West Baltimore.

Lorraine Redd was born in Baltimore, where she attended public school. She married B.J. Williams of Baltimore at age 16 before he left for military service during World War II.

"In those days, young girls would marry servicemen not knowing whether they'd come back," said her sister Ersell Pryor of Baltimore.

After the war, Ms. Evans divorced Mr. Williams and moved in with her sister Sadie Dudley in Joliet, Ill. There, she met and married Nathanial Evans and worked in an Owens-Illinois Inc. factory. After divorcing Mr. Evans, she returned to Baltimore.

"You had better not ever mention marriage to Lorraine, or she wouldn't like you," Mrs. Pryor said. "She'd always tell people that she already got two lemons, and she didn't need another squeeze."

Ms. Evans worked on the microwave oven assembly line at General Electric until the operation closed in the mid-1980s and then took an early retirement.

Mrs. Pryor said her sister's favorite things were playing slots and cards. Spades was her favorite game. The sisters would take two cruises a year to the Caribbean, during which Ms. Evans would rarely leave the casino, Mrs. Pryor said.

Ms. Evans also volunteered at her church, Ray of Hope Baptist on Parkside Drive.

A wake will be held at 11:30 a.m. today with the funeral following at Gary P. March Funeral Home, 270 Fredhilton Pass.

In addition to her sisters, she is survived by another sister, Zelma Collins of Baltimore; and a stepdaughter, Resse Evans of Joliet.

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