Margaret Boulden, Girl Scout leader


Margaret Safford Dudley Boulden, who, after moving to Towson in 1937, was active as a Girl Scout leader in Towson and as a churchwoman in Baltimore, died Jan. 12 of congestive heart failure in her sleep at Edenwald.

Mrs. Boulden, 89, was cited for her work by the Greater Towson Jaycees in 1976 and by the Church Women United of Baltimore in 1979. She received a Baltimore's Best Award in 1986 and an award for community service from the national Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

In Towson, she started a senior Girl Scout troop whose members called themselves the Merrie Landers. In 1957, she took its 19 members on an 11-week tour of Europe. She was co-author of a 1960 book on the trip, the "Rugged Dozen Abroad."

Members of the group have published a newsletter and conducted reunions -- their most recent reunion last spring at Edenwald. A sundial at the Girl Scouts' Camp Conowingo was named in Mrs. Boulden's honor.

The first woman to serve as elder and trustee at the First Presbyterian Church, she founded its Holly Tour of downtown churches and homes in the mid-1960s and remained active in the leadership of the tour for many years.

The former Margaret Safford was born in Hillsdale, Mich., and raised there and in Silver Creek, N.Y., and La Porte, Ind. She was a 1924 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

In 1925, she married Harold J. Dudley, who owned the H. J. Dudley Construction Co. in Towson before his death in 1954.

In 1960, she married John S. Boulden, who died in 1970 and had been plant manager for the Proctor and Gamble Manufacturing Co. here.

She also was fond of travel and serving as hostess for travelers from abroad, in addition to giving talks on the bells she collected on her trips.

Her interest in her family genealogy led to writing a book of her grandmother's story of an 1876 covered-wagon trip West, which she published in 1987.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue and Madison Street.

She is survived by a son, Carl Safford Dudley of Oak Park, Ill.; a daughter, Jay Goldspinner, the former Joan Dudley Wattles, of Greenfield, Mass., two stepsons, John S. Boulden Jr. of Lutherville and David Boulden of Stafford, Va.; two stepdaughters, Alice B. Smith of Stamford, Conn., and Sara Millar of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and 19 grandchildren.

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