Dorothy S. Seabold

The Baltimore Sun

Dorothy S. Seabold, a community volunteer active in the student exchange movement, died Sept. 20 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Copper Ridge in Sykesville. She was 88 and had lived in Glyndon.

Born Dorothy Shoemaker on a Painters Mill Lane farm in Owings Mills, she was a 1935 graduate of Franklin High School. As a young woman, she worked at U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Co. and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

In 1940, she married Dr. G. William Seabold, an optometrist. She worked as a part-time receptionist and secretary in his office in Reisterstown before retiring in the early 1990s.

"She made for a very friendly office atmosphere," said her daughter, Jan S. Bradley of Reisterstown. "She knew so many people who walked through that door."

Mrs. Seabold was a longtime member of Glyndon United Methodist Church. She had been a Sunday school teacher and was a past Glyndon United Methodist Women president. She was the recipient of its Outstanding Woman of the Year award.

Mrs. Seabold was a member and past president of the Woman's Club of Glyndon.

She was also an organizing member of the Reisterstown Crisis Center and volunteered there regularly.

During her children's schooling, Mrs. Seabold was an active member of the PTA of the Franklin public schools in Reisterstown.

Family members said she was interested in the foreign student exchange program of American Field Service and hosted three students, each for one year, from Indonesia, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

Mrs. Seabold also was a seamstress and enjoyed gardening. Much of her time was spent helping friends in need, as well as participating in humanitarian efforts to promote peace and end world hunger and poverty.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Glyndon United Methodist Church, 4713 Butler Road.

In addition to her daughter and husband, survivors include a son, W. Ronald Seabold of Playa del Rey, Calif.; a sister, Ruth S. Aldridge of Westminster; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A son, Todd W. Seabold, died in 1985.

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