Phyllis Jo Seidman, income tax preparer

Phyllis Jo Seidman, a former income tax preparer who enjoyed gardening, died Oct. 26 of complications from dementia at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn. She was 88.

The daughter of John Cecil Hickman, a welder, and Leona Hickman, a homemaker, Phyllis Jo Hickman was born in Ashland, Ky., and moved in 1941 with her family to a home on Bolton Hill.

A 1947 graduate of Western High School, where she had been a glee club member, Mrs. Seidman had dreamed of becoming an opera singer and studied at the Peabody Conservatory, family members said.

She was married in 1948 to Arthur Seidman, who was the founder of Hopkins Tax Service, where she worked preparing income taxes. Even though the couple divorced in 1970, she continued working with her ex-husband.

Because tax work was seasonal, Mrs. Seidman also worked as a claims adjuster for Chesapeake Life Insurance Co. and Sun Life Insurance Co.

She also worked for the Fedder Data Center and had sold appliances at Montgomery Ward before retiring in the late 1990s.

The former Stevenson and Lochearn resident enjoyed gardening and compiling astrological charts.

“She had been a Buddhist and was a pacifist,” said a daughter, Susan Seidman of Hampstead.

Funeral sevices will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral Home, 2325 York Road, Timonium.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Leland Lee Seidman of Baltimore; two other daughters, Lynne Seidman of Baltimore and Jill Phillips of Pikesville; three brothers, Herbert Hickman of McDaniel, Talbot County, and Frederick Hickman and Michael Hickman Sr., both of Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Priscilla Diaz of Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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