Jo "Jody" B. Pardee, who had been a volunteer social worker and lived in Phoenix, died of cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 52.
Services were held today at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium.
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 served on a county committee on abuse and neglect of children, chaired the selection committee for the county Foster Care Review Board and was an advisory board member of the Community Counseling and Resource Center in Cockeysville.
Her husband, Charles L. Pardee, is 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.