Agnes M. Douglas, 71

Social worker for VA

February 06, 2007

Agnes M. Douglas, a retired social worker who spent more than two decades working with veterans, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Sinai Hospital. She was 71 and lived in Catonsville.

Agnes Gray was born and raised in Rocky Mount, N.C., and moved to Edmondson Village in 1954. She was a 1958 graduate of the Cortez Peters Business School and earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Morgan State University in 1967.

After earning her master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 1969, Mrs. Douglas began her 25-year career at the old Veterans Administration Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard in Northeast Baltimore.

At the time of her 1994 retirement, Mrs. Douglas was working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Greene Street in Baltimore.

She also was a mentor to students from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland who were earning bachelor's degrees in social work.

"She helped them along and was a big sister to many during their journey," said her daughter, Sandra Douglas Dotson of Randallstown.

Mrs. Douglas was an active member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville, where she prepared meals for the Wednesday Morning Bible Study Class. She was also a member of Pearls of Wisdom, Christian Education and Discipleship classes at the church.

Mrs. Douglas liked to read and study the Bible.

She was married for 36 years to James William Douglas, owner of Central Body & Fender, who died in 1997.

Services were held at her church Saturday.

Also surviving are two stepsons, Wayne Douglas and James Douglas, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Melvin Gray of Rocky Mount and Raymond Gray of Winston Salem, N.C.; three grandsons; and a great granddaughter. Another daughter, Anita Douglas Wesley, died in 2006. A marriage to William Marshmon ended in divorce.

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