Dolores Mae Hammond Ali, a retired Social Security Administration technical writer, died of cancer Friday at her Randallstown home. She was 75.
Born Dolores Mae Hammond in Baltimore, she was raised on Presstman Street in West Baltimore and was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She attended Morgan State University and American University in Washington.
Family members said she was among the first African-American employees hired at the Motor Vehicle Administration at its former Guilford Avenue headquarters. She later joined the Social Security Administration and retired after 40 years as a technical writer. She worked in the office of congressional information.
She was a member of a committee that won historic designation for Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church at Dolphin and Etting streets in West Baltimore.
Ms. Ali was an avid reader and attended Broadway musicals. She also traveled and enjoyed music and museums. A gifted cook, she made soups, including bean, beef vegetable, and chicken noodle. She was also known for her ginger snaps, German walnut and sugar cookies.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Epworth United Methodist Chapel, 3317 St. Luke's Lane.
Survivors include her mother, Dolores Hall of Randallstown; a daughter, Jarina Ali Lloyd of Mount Washington; a brother, Ellwood Hall Jr. of Columbia; two sisters, Linda Wright of Pikesville and Romaine Pollard of Baltimore; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.