Loretta Dumas-Turner, a retired U.S. Department of Labor economist and world traveler, died April 18 from complications of diabetes at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
The longtime Pasadena resident was 57.
The daughter of a factory worker and homemaker, the former Loretta Marie Dumas was born and raised in Macon, Ga., where she graduated from public schools.
Mrs. Dumas-Turner was a 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore.
In 1980, she began her career with the U.S. Department of Labor and worked in its Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington.
"This position suited Loretta because she was a born intellectual and she even enjoyed cerebral pursuits in her leisure time," said a cousin, Laura Dumas Grant of Clarksville.
Mrs. Dumas-Turner married her husband, Gerald Turner, a college professor, in 1993. The couple enjoyed traveling and learning about various cultures, her cousin said. They visited Israel, Zimbabwe, England, Italy and Bermuda.
She was an avid reader of classic literature and enjoyed playing logic games and jigsaw puzzles.
Mrs. Dumas-Turner was an active member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Severn, where she was a member of the endowment and membership committees.
She also taught training classes in discipleship at the church and was a lay member to the annual United Methodist Church Conference.
Services will be held at noon Friday at her church, 548 Queenstown Road, Severn.
In addition to her husband and cousin, Mrs. Dumas-Turner is survived by her mother, Rosa Lee Dumas of Macon; a brother, Nelson Edward Dumas Jr. of Macon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun