Dorothy Girard, Hopkins youth worker

Dorothy Girard, a homemaker and a retired coordinator at a Johns Hopkins youth program, died of multiple organ failure Monday at her North Baltimore home. She was 71.

Born Dorothy Ellinger in Raleigh, N.C., she was the daughter of Charles Ellinger, an office supplies salesman and lacrosse official, and June Werner Ellinger, a homemaker. Raised on Beech Avenue, she was a 1960 Eastern High School graduate. She attended the University of Maryland College Park.

She met her husband, Armand Girard, a retired Boys' Latin, Loyola Blakefield and Polytechnic Institute teacher, on a blind date at a Halloween dance in Timonium.

She was a Rouse Co. accountant assistant and worked at the Village of Cross Keys. She later worked for 17 years as a coordinator and registrar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth at Mount Washington.

Mrs. Girard had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and was an avid beach goer. She enjoyed swimming, collecting shells and sea glass.

She was a gardener and grew herbs and vegetables for cooking. She also collected greens and made swags and centerpieces for friends and family at Christmas.

She and her husband were Baltimore Colts season ticket holders. She was also a Johns Hopkins lacrosse fan and attended numerous games at Homewood Field.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years; a daughter, Jennifer Girard Smith of Crofton; a sister, Tucky Schweizer of Rodgers Forge; and two granddaughters.

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