Dorothy May Press, a homemaker and matriarch of her family, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 10 at her home in the Rosemont section of West Baltimore. She was 94.
Born Dorothy May Brown in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Sarah Jane Smith Brown, a homemaker, and George Augustin Brown, a postal worker and chauffeur.
She attended the old St. Barnabas Roman Catholic School and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1936. She met her future husband, Vernon Castle Press, while both were in their junior year.
As a young woman, she worked at Pennsylvania Avenue retail establishments, including The Spot, J.J. Brill's and Tommy Tucker's, a variety store.
Mrs. Press followed the Orioles, Ravens and Maryland thoroughbred racing. Family members said that as a young woman, she played pinochle and gin rummy and solved crossword puzzles. In recent years, they said, she enjoyed a "nice bowl of good soup" at Catonsville's Double T Diner.
"She was a meticulous homemaker and tremendous scratch cook," said her daughter, Carole P. Jackson of Baltimore. "She made bread on Saturday nights for Sundays, but let the kids have a roll."
Mrs. Press donated her body to science.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, 901 Poplar Grove St., where she had been a member since 1952. She headed its altar guild and was a past prefect of its Blessed Mother Sodality.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 72 years, a retired Baltimore schoolteacher; a son, Michael Press of Baltimore; four other daughters, Patricia Pinkett of West Palm Beach, Fla., Kathleen Adams and Janice Jeffries, both of Baltimore, and Linda M. Cabbagestalk of Catonsville; two brothers, Thomas E. Brown of Baltimore and Earl Brown of Columbia; three sisters, Augustine Gloster-Sanders of Silver Spring, and Juliette Carpenter and Bette Roche, both of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.