Doretha Ludd was born on February 10, 1941, in Clarendon County, South Carolina; to the late Hattie James and Roosevelt Benbow. She was called home on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, while at home with her loved ones. Doretha was raised in Davis Station, South Carolina. She was educated at Scotch Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina.
After attending high school, she set her sights on life in Baltimore City, Maryland. Here is where she was blessed with four wonderful children, whom she loved dearly.
Doretha’s professional career spanned more than 30 years at Calvert Hall Catholic School for Boys. She was a food server in the cafeteria. She had a passion to work, serve and help others.
Later in life she fell in love and joined hands in holy matrimony with Donald Ludd, her husband of 38 years. He was by her side until the very end. Doretha loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of Village Baptist Church for many years.
Doretha had a kind and loving heart, with an open-door policy to anyone in need of a meal, a place to sleep or just someone to talk too. She loved to laugh and tell jokes while celebrating the lives of her family and friends. She was known for her extravagant parties and cooking, especially her Banana Pudding, many years ago at 2560 Fredrick Avenue. She also enjoyed watching sports and classic movies.
Doretha was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Briscoe, mother Hattie James, father Roosevelt Benbow, one sister Louella Fonce (brother in-law James Fonce), four brothers Wil-Albert, William, Leearnest, Eugene; and Barbara Gaters.
She leaves a legacy of love and devotion to cherish her memory her husband Donald Ludd, one daughter Loretta Malloy (James Malloy), two sons James Briscoe and Kenneth Taylor; two grandsons who she truly adored Desmond Brown and Brandon Taylor; a special cousin Laverne Gaters whom she raised as her daughter; former son in-law Rodney Brown; one God-daughter Juanita Gaters; a special niece who she nurtured as a daughter Deborah Gaters; a special cousin from Manning, South Carolina John Henry Pearson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family would like to give a special thank you to Erica Henrique and Valene Lainge for taking great care of Doretha.
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