Margaret Pearl Dockins dies; retired beautician was...


Margaret Pearl Dockins dies; retired beautician was 77

Services for Margaret Pearl Dockins, a retired beautician who was a campaigner on behalf of the poor and for civil rights, will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Baptist Church, 31st Street and the Alameda.

Mrs. Dockins, who was 77, died Monday after an apparent heart attack at her home on Loch Raven Boulevard.

In the late 1930s, while working at Edgewood Arsenal, she became a shop steward in a union for civilian workers.

She frequently was called upon by people in need of a basket of food or assistance with welfare benefits. In the 1940s, she successfully campaigned to end regulations banning telephones and certain appliances in the homes of welfare recipients. The regulations also had allowed home searches of welfare recipients on demand.

Although a registered Democrat, she had been active locally in jTC the Progressive Party, campaigning to have blacks elected to public office.

Born in Dillon, S.C., the former Margaret Pearl Du Pree moved to Baltimore as a child. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School and the Apex School of Cosmetology.

She retired more than five years ago as owner of Margaret's Beauty Salon in East Baltimore, which she started more than 40 years earlier. She continued to see some customers at her home.

She also remained interested in community and political affairs in her neighborhood.

Her husband, Woodrow Wilson Dockins, is a retired coke oven operator at the Sparrows Point plant of the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include five daughters, Goldie Baker, Gloria Ash, Bernita Dockins, Regina Addison and Mary Jeffries; three sons, Robert N., Ralph E. and Woodrow W. Dockins Jr.; a sister, Ethel Deans; 39 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, all of Baltimore.

Services for Ruth M. Perry, a retired federal government secretary, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Emmanuel Christian Community Church, Carrollton Avenue and Lanvale Street.

Mrs. Perry, 68, died Monday at Sinai Hospital of kidney failure.

The Piedmont Avenue resident retired about six years ago from the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, but much of her 30 years of government service was with the Army at Fort Meade or at the Pentagon.

Born in Baltimore, the former Ruth Mackey was a graduate of Douglass High School and the Cortez W. Peters Business School.

Active in the Order of the Eastern Star, she was a former Worthy Matron of the Maggie C. Upshur Chapter and former Grand Worthy Matron of the Myra Grand Chapter.

In the Heroines of Jericho, she was a former Most Ancient Matron of St. John's Court, Grand Most Ancient Matron of the Rahab Grand Court, and former General Conference Grand Most Ancient Matron of the Grand Court of the United States and the Bahamas.

She also had been Honored Lady Regent of the Beausant Circle No. 1 of Baltimore.

Mrs. Perry was a member of the Emmanuel Christian Community Church for more than 50 years.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Perry and Manuel Davis; two brothers, Charles and William Mackey, and a granddaughter, all of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial for Elizabeth M. Zang, a retired teacher of piano and organ, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 335 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk.

Mrs. Zang, who was 77, died Tuesday at Franklin Square Hospital.

She moved from Massachusetts to Dundalk 35 years ago, living for a time in the Memorial Apartments in Baltimore.

Before her retirement about 10 years ago, she taught for 20 years at the homes of her students, often with a recommendation from the Peabody Institute.

The former Elizabeth Martin, whose father had played the trumpet in a band directed by John Philip Sousa, was born in Hingham, Mass. She received her musical training in Catholic girls' schools in Massachusetts.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Zang of Dundalk; three daughters, Marion Cherny, Elizabeth Garcia and Diane Stewart, all of Dundalk; a son, Frank E. Zang Sr. of Essex; a brother, Edward Martin of Apalachin, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Stephen W. Wood

Rouse vice president

A memorial service for Stephen W. Wood, director of the Northeast Consolidated Office of the Resolution Trust Corp. in Valley Forge, Pa., and a former executive vice president of James W. Rouse & Co., will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Radnor Friends Meeting House in Villanova, Pa.

Mr. Wood, who was 51 and had lived for the past nine years in Devon, Pa., died Tuesday. The family declined to discuss the cause.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Maryland law school.

He was with the Rouse firm from 1964 to 1973. He then became a senior vice president of the Provident National Bank in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Adrienne Roos; a son,

Leonard G. H. Wood of Devon; his father, Norman W. Wood of Towson; a sister, Mary-Beth Smith of Towson; and two brothers, Robert W. Wood of Hagerstown and John T. Wood of Davenport, Iowa.

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