Laura V. Heath

[ Age 72 ] Social Security Administration worker also sang with gospel group.

November 23, 2006

Laura V. Heath, a retired Social Security Administration worker and volunteer who sang with a family gospel group, died in her sleep Saturday at her Reisterstown home. She was 72.

She was born Laura V. Ingraham and raised in Clinton, Conn., before moving to Baltimore in 1953. She was an SSA clerical worker for 34 years and retired in 1998.

In 1999, Mrs. Heath took a job as a receptionist at Hope Lodge in Baltimore, a 26-bed home for cancer patients and their families operated by the American Cancer Society. She retired there in 2004.

"She was an outgoing individual and a real care giver. She was the type of person who was willing to help anyone," said a daughter, Loretta Ingraham of Dover, Del.

A soprano, for years Mrs. Heath toured Maryland and South Carolina singing with the family Glory Tone Gospel Singers.

She was a longtime member of New Metropolitan Baptist Church at 1501 McCulloh St., where she sang with the choir and was active in the church's Bread of Life food ministry. Her funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Also surviving is another daughter, Zina R. Townes of Baltimore; three brothers, Robert Aldrich and Ronald Ingraham, both of Boston, and Ricky Ingraham of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her marriage to Allen H. Heath ended in divorce.

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