Services for Jo "Jody" B. Pardee, who had been a volunteer social worker, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium.
Mrs. Pardee, who was 52 and lived in Phoenix, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice.
After moving to the Baltimore area in 1969, she began volunteering with the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, helping foster children.
She volunteered for children's programs sponsored by the Junior League of Baltimore and helped organize Baltimore County Action for Foster Children, which worked to establish volunteer review boards for the county's foster care program.
A foster mother herself, she helped write the state law that calls for such review boards and campaigned for its passage.
Ten years ago, she helped plan a state conference on families with foster children or children from two marriages.
She was a member of a county committee on abuse and neglect of children, chaired the selection committee for the county Foster Care Review Board and served on an advisory board of the Community Counseling and Resource Center in Cockeysville.
The former Jo Bream was born in Gettysburg, Pa., and attended Bucknell University before graduating from Gettysburg College as a psychology major.
She taught in private and public schools in Gettysburg and worked as a social worker for the York County Department of Public Assistance before moving to Maryland.
Her husband, Charles L. Pardee, retired as a shipping supervisor for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plate mill at Sparrows Point.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Kristen J. Minnich of Baltimore, Jennifer M. Wilkins of Columbia, Angela S. Pardee of Phoenix and Peggy R. Pardee of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Charles L. Pardee of DeLand, Fla.; two sisters, Jean B. Raffensperger of Gettysburg and Gwenn B. Drum of Carlisle, Pa.; and three grandchildren.