Lorraine Dickerson, 72, state employee, volunteer

Lorraine Dickerson, a retired state employee who was active in veterans organizations, died of a heart attack Sunday at Dorchester General Hospital. The Cambridge resident was 72.

Born Lorraine McWilliams in Sharptown, she was a graduate of Mardela High School and attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del.


She retired many years ago from the accounting department of the Maryland Department of Social Services in Cambridge. She also worked in the accounting department for the old Folinsbee shirt factory.

At her death, Mrs. Dickerson was president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cambridge. She was a three-time president of Dorchester Unit 91 American Legion Auxiliary. She was also South Eastern Shore District president of the American Legion Auxiliary.


A Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, she was current chairwoman of the Cambridge chapter of the American Heart Association, a post she had held for several years.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Cambridge.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 14 years, John R. Dickerson; a son, John Whaples of Perry Hall; a stepson, John R. Dickerson Jr. of Florida; a stepdaughter, Darlene Eric of Glen Burnie; a brother, James McWilliams of Salisbury; and two granddaughters. Her husband of 38 years, Maynard Wesley Whaples Jr., died in 1989.