Dolores A. Handy, a retired city public schools reading instructor who was active in her church, died Sept. 20 of heart failure at The Woodland, a Farmville, Va., assisted-living facility. The Pikesville resident was 83.
The daughter of William Ames and Annie Ames, Dolores Ames was born in Baltimore and raised on North Woodyear Street in West Baltimore.
She was a 1953 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1957 in elementary school education from what is now Coppin State University. In 1979, she earned a master’s degree in education administration from Morgan State University.
A reading specialist, Mrs. Handy worked was on the faculty of several city public schools, including Dr. Martiin Luther King Elementary School.
In a career that spanned more than 30 years, Mrs. Handy was also a summer school administrator. She retired in the late 1980s.
She was married in 1958 to Francis Ross Handy, a city firefighter, who died in 2003.
The Pikesville resident was an active member of the Baltimore chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
She enjoyed volunteering, studying the Bible, playing golf and bridge, and reading.
Mrs. Handy was an active parishioner of New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marian Drive, Baltimore, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
She is survived by two sons, Quintin R. Handy of Randallstown and Quincy V. Handy of Farmville, Va.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.