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Lucie F. Worthington, businesswoman

Lucie F. Worthington, a former interior decorator who later opened a children's clothing store in Harford County, died March 24 at her Roland Park home after suffering a fall. She was 91.

The daughter of Col. John Thompson Ford III, a lawyer who later re-entered the Army, and Margaret Virginia Schwatka, a homemaker, Lucie Ford was born in Baltimore and spent her early years at Ford Holabird. She later moved with her family to Forest Park.

She was the great-granddaughter of John Thompson Ford, owner of the old Ford's Theatre in Baltimore and Ford's Theatre in Washington, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

She was a 1943 graduate of Metarie High School in Metarie, La. She then enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned a degree in interior design.

Mrs. Worthington began her career in the late 1940s working as an interior decorator for the old C. J. Benson & Co., a North Charles Street decorating firm, and then became director of fashion shows for Hutzler's department store.

In the early 1950s, she moved to Bel Air and several years later established the Kiddie Shop on Main Street, which sold children's specialty and ready-to-wear clothing.

After a decade, she sold the business.

A collector of antiques, she later opened a store in Churchville that specialized in primitive American furniture and art.

She was an active fundraiser for years for the Harford Day School in Bel Air, where she also helped coordinate the annual Bazaar and Antiques Show.

For the last 12 years, she had lived on Somerset Road in Roland Park. Later in life, she mastered the art of silhouette cutting and was known for her renderings of horses, which were much sought after by collectors, family members said.

Her husband of 36 years, James McCurdy Worthington, a Harford County developer, died in 1989.

Mrs. Worthington was a communicant of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2929 Level Road, Churchville, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29.

She is survived by two daughters, Katherine Worthington Reddick of Baltimore and Lucie Worthington Knox of Florence, S.C.; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

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