Lucile R. Close, 88, homemaker, active in church

December 23, 2005

Lucile R. Close, a homemaker who was active in her church, died Monday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of an infection. The former Bel Air resident was 88.

Born Mary Lucile Robinson in Bel Air, she was raised by her grandparents after her mother died when Mrs. Close was 3 weeks old. They escorted her to Europe aboard the steamship Berengaria when she was 10. Her father, John A. Robinson, was editor of the old Bel Air Times.

Mrs. Close was a 1935 graduate of Bel Air High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from the old St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg.

She worked as a social worker in Baltimore and a teacher at Aberdeen High School before her 1943 marriage to Harford County Circuit Judge Albert Patterson Close Sr., her spouse of 57 years. He died in 2000.

Family members said Mrs. Close was a ghostwriter for many of her husband's speeches.

They said she enjoyed swimming, reading and writing.

Mrs. Close was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Country Garden Club of Harford County.

A Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave. in Bel Air., where she was a school volunteer and helped establish a library. She belonged to the Sodality and assisted in the publication of parish histories.

Survivors include five sons, Albert P. Close Jr. of Ocean City, Geoffrey R. Close, Robert W. Close and Thomas S. Close Sr., all of Bel Air, and James A. Close of Havre de Grace; three daughters, Clare C. Miller of Baltimore, Mary C. Hatter of Churchville and Jane C. Levering of Towson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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