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Doris E. Tucker, Army secretary who was active in her church, dies

Doris E. Tucker was remembered by her family for her strength and compassion. She was active in her church and enjoyed crotchetingand crossword puzzles.
Doris E. Tucker was remembered by her family for her strength and compassion. She was active in her church and enjoyed crotchetingand crossword puzzles.

Doris E. Tucker, a retired Army secretary and active church member, died Saturday in her sleep at Angel Assisted Living in Bowie where she had lived for the last two years. The former Laurel resident was 95.

The former Doris Elizabeth Charlotte, daughter of Edlow Charlotte, a reservoir worker, and his wife, Lillie Charlotte, a homemaker, was born and raised in Hopewell, Virginia, the only girl of five children.

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After graduating from high school in Prince George, Virginia, she went to work as a union representative at the Gloria Manufacturing Co. In the 1960s, she graduated from Peninsula Business College in Newport News, Virginia, and became a secretary at the Fort Eustis Army Base in Newport News.

She was married in 1944 to Lawrence B. Tucker Sr., who worked in the transportation department at Fort Eustis. He died in 1998.

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While living in Newport News, she had been active in the Golden Link, Chapter 89, of the Order of the Eastern Star of Virginia, which she had joined in 1952. She was also an active member and steward of the First Baptist Church of Newport News.

After moving to Laurel in 2001, she became an active member and steward of the First Baptist Church of Laurel.

Mrs. Tucker was an accomplished seamstress, crocheter, and liked playing bingo and completing crossword puzzles.

“She was a strong, compassionate and wise woman who will be missed,” wrote LaVerne Tucker, her daughter-in-law, in a biographical profile.

Services and burial are private.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence B. Tucker Jr. of Glendale, Prince George’s County; a brother, Arnold Lee Charlotte of Petersburg, Virginia; five grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew. Another son, Harvey E. Tucker, died in 2014.

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