Marie D. Dawkins, a homemaker and co-founder of the Progressive First Baptist Church, died Friday of a stroke at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 81.
Born Marie Davis in Henrico, Va., she moved to Northwest Baltimore at an early age with her family. She was a graduate of Douglass High School.
In 1943, she married the Rev. Bluford A. "Blu" Dawkins, and 15 years later, the couple established the Progressive First Baptist Church on Garrison Boulevard. Mr. Dawkins died in 2003.
"She worked diligently and tirelessly by her husband's side," said a daughter, Debruah Thompson of Baltimore. "She organized and later directed the senior choir, taught Sunday and vacation Bible school."
Mrs. Dawkins participated in the Pastor's Aid Society and the Georgia Long Ministry and had been president of the Missionary Society. In 2005, she established the Seniors Ministry of Progressive First Baptist Church.
She also was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland and was a founding member of Las Doces Civic Guild, a group of 12 ministers' wives who provided donations to charities and scholarships to needy students.
Since 1960, she had been a member of the Interdenominational Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows.
Mrs. Dawkins enjoyed reading, sewing and gardening.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at her church, 3220 Garrison Blvd., with burial at 10 a.m. Friday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.
Also surviving are three sons, Larry Bluford Dawkins, Marvin Lee Dawkins and Sean Maurice Dawkins, all of Baltimore; two other daughters, Sharon Bernadette Green and Yvette Denise Dawkins, both of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.