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Lydia D. Armstead, the Tiny Tailor of Read Street, dies

Lydia D. Armstead, the Tiny Tailor of Read Street, dies

Lydia Darlene Armstead, a seamstress who made a legion of friends among customers at her Tiny Tailor shop on Read Street, died Nov. 11 at her Mount Vernon home. She was 58.

Family members said no cause of death had been established.

"People would come to her from near and far to get clothing altered," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who was among her customers. "I have known Lydia for at least 15 or 20 years. She was just a woman who was an excellent tailor."

Born in Baltimore and raised on Wentworth Road in Forest Park, she was daughter of Albert Armstead Sr., who owned liquor stores and clubs, and Janie Armstead.

She was a 1976 graduate of...

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