Lucy Mae Green, 81

Social Security worker

July 25, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Lucy Mae Green, a retired Social Security Administration worker and former seamstress, died of cancer Sunday at Season's Hospice in Randallstown. The West Baltimore resident was 81.

Born Lucy Mae Trower in Baltimore and raised on George Street, she was a 1945 Frederick Douglass High School graduate. Family members said she spent time with friends waiting outside Pennsylvania Avenue theaters seeking autographs from performers who came through Baltimore during the early 1940s. She also developed her affection for movies at this time.

"She waited at the stage door for the performers to leave and then asked them for an autograph. She called herself a bobby-soxer," said her daughter, Myra Green of Bowie.

As a young woman, she commuted to Washington and worked for the federal government. She later became a seamstress at the Raleigh Manufacturing Co. on Wicomico Street. In 1970, she began working at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn and later downtown.

She also helped her husband, Arthur Harold Green, in his photography business. They took photos at local cabarets, weddings and at what is now the 1st Mariner Arena during the annual circus visit.

She was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and attended meetings with her daughter, Tessa Hill-Aston of Howard Park, who is a Baltimore chapter NAACP official.

After her 1988 retirement, she enjoyed travel to California, Florida, Hawaii and Las Vegas.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Ave., where she was a member for more than 70 years.

In addition to her two daughters, survivors include her husband of 41 years; a son, Roy Doram Jr. of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Her first husband, Roy Beethoven Doram, died in 1964.

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