B. May SewardManaged farmB. May Seward, who...


B. May Seward

Managed farm

B. May Seward, who managed a dairy and beef farm, died Sunday of heart failure at her Aberdeen home. She was 76.

At the beginning of World War II, the Maryland Department of Forest and Parks assigned her as an observer at a fire tower in Stoney Forest near Aberdeen. Her husband, Paul H. Seward, said she was the first woman fire observer in the state.

In 1943, she became the manager of a 315-acre dairy and beef farm near Stepney that was owned by her husband, whom she married in 1939 and who survives her. The farm was sold several years ago.

She was a qualified navigator and yachtswoman and was known as the "First Lady" of the Bush River Yacht Club. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bush River Power Squadron. She had been a Red Cross volunteer for 25 years and a driver for Meals on Wheels.

She was born in the Colgate section of Baltimore County and later moved to Harford County. She was a 1935 graduate of Bel Air High School and of Strayer's Business College.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home, 1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon.

Other survivors include two brothers, retired Lt. Cmdr. Charles H. Stephens of Pinehurst, N.C., and Carl A. Stephens of Upper Falls.

Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church, 1100 Philadelphia Road, Joppa 21085. Matthew L. Barshay died Tuesday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries received in a traffic accident. The Parkville resident was 15.

He was struck by a car Monday while crossing Belair Road near Fowler Avenue in the Fullerton area.

He was a sophomore in the honors program at Parkville High bTC School and had been a student in another honors program at Kenwood High School last year.

The Perry Hall native played the saxophone in the bands at both high schools and was also studying the guitar. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 622.

Graveside services were set for 11 a.m. today at Parkwood Cemetery, 3310 Taylor Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

He is survived by his mother, Susan B. Griffith of Parkville; his father and stepmother, David P. and Irina Barshay, both of Carney; his maternal grandparents, Joan and Thomas Griffith Jr., both of Fork; his paternal grandmother, Helen L. Barshay of Cockeysville; his paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Donald and Gwendolyn Barshay, both of Sarasota, Fla.; and a great-grandmother, Harriet Peacock of Parkville.

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