Doris E. `Dot' Cohens

[ Age 63 ] Cook at several Catholic churches

November 09, 2007

Doris E. "Dot" Cohens, a former cook and driver, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 63.

The former Doris Epps was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., and moved to East Baltimore in 1952 with her family. She attended Baltimore public schools.

Mrs. Cohens was a cook for churches of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore for several years before taking a job in 1976 driving patients for the North Baltimore Center, a community mental health center affiliated with the Sheppard Pratt Health System.

In 1984, she returned as rectory cook at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Northwood, where she worked until she retired in 1989.

"She had an infectious smile and made numerous friends wherever she went," said Gai Allen, a niece. "Dot was personable, kindhearted, lovable and giving."

Mrs. Cohens enjoyed cooking, entertaining, shopping and going out to dinner. She also liked attending family reunions.

Although Mrs. Cohens had been a dialysis patient for 21 years, she maintained a cheerful disposition.

"She showed great strength and maintained a positive outlook on life," Ms. Allen said.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Frontiers of Faith Baptist Church, Beaumont Avenue at The Alameda.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Hampton Cohens, a retired machine operator; and three sisters, Alice Cherry, Lissie Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor, all of Baltimore.

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