- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Lazina BoodhooSingh, 81, homemaker

Lazina “Dolly” Ali BoodhooSingh, a Howard County resident and the first woman of East Indian descent to be naturalized in the United States, died July 26 of cancer at her daughter’s home in Glenwood, Md. She was 81.

Born Nov. 5, 1922, in Trinidad and Tobago, she emigrated to the United States in 1948, settling in the District with her husband, Frederick B. BoodhooSingh. In 1997, she moved to Columbia, Md., where she lived until moving to Glenwood in May.

A dedicated homemaker, she became a naturalized American citizen in 1951. Her husband was naturalized in 1950, making him the first East Indian to be given citizenship under the Luce-Cellar Bill, which was passed in 1946 granting admission to 100 East Indians per year and enabling them to become citizens.

After her husband died in 1954, she opened and operated a sewing business out of her home. She also operated a catering business, specializing in West Indies cuisine, until she was disabled by a stroke in 1996.

She opened her home to many people, including West Indian students and professionals. Many have since become citizens.

She is survived by two daughters, Farida K. Ali-Overholt of Glenwood, and Yasmin S. BoodhooSingh of Baltimore; a stepson, Ralph Phillips of Flushing, N.Y.; a sister, Zalina Monaysar of Manassas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to a charity of choice.

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