Ann Dudley "Duddie" Lalley, a homemaker and volunteer, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 86.
The daughter of a civil engineer and a homemaker, Ann Dudley Field was born in Rochester, N.Y., and spent her early childhood years in Winchester, Va.
After moving to Memphis, Tenn., where she graduated from high school, she began her college studies at Rhodes College in Memphis.
When her father was named city manager of Charleston, S.C., she transferred to the College of Charleston, where she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1946.
After graduating, Mrs. Lalley moved to Baltimore to take a job in a laboratory at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
While working at Hopkins, she met her future husband, John S. Lalley Sr., who worked in the blood bank.
"She told a story about how he wanted to spend time with her and would ask if he could practice his phlebotomy skills on her," said a son, Thomas B. Lalley of Towson.
The couple married in 1950, and Mr. Lalley, who left Hopkins in 1952, went to work for what was then Peterson Howell and Heather.
Mr. Lalley, who later became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of what became PHH Corp., died in 1994.
Mrs. Lalley, who had lived in Ruxton and on Caves Road in Owings Mills, volunteered and was a longtime board member of Keswick Multi-Care Center and volunteered with the Junior League of Baltimore.
Mrs. Lalley later moved to Cross Keys and for the past decade had lived at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She also liked spending winters at a second home in Naples, Fla.
She enjoyed entertaining family and friends, sailing, and playing bridge, golf and tennis. She was also an accomplished needlepoint worker.
Mrs. Lalley was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
Also surviving is another son, John S. Lalley Jr. of Ruxton; a daughter, Nancy L. Rueckert of Ruxton; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun