Helen G. Vauthier, 88, homemaker, seamstress

March 07, 2003

Helen Gundry Vauthier, a homemaker and former occupational therapist, died of heart failure Tuesday at Kensington-Algonquin, an assisted living community in Cumberland. She was 88.

She was born and raised Helen Gundry on her family's farm on Frederick Road in Catonsville.

Her father, Dr. Alfred T. Gundry Jr., a psychiatrist, established Gundry Sanitarium, a private family-operated psychiatric hospital, on the grounds of the farm in 1898. It closed in 1990.

Mrs. Vauthier was a graduate of the Roberts-Beach School for Girls in Catonsville and attended Maryland Institute College of Art.

She worked as an occupational therapist at the sanitarium until marrying in 1946. Her husband, David W. Vauthier, a retired Maryland Casualty Insurance Co. lawyer, survives her.

Mrs. Vauthier lived in Ten Hills more than 40 years until moving to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 2001. She had only been living at the assisted living community in Cumberland for several days.

An accomplished seamstress who made her clothes, Mrs. Vauthier also taught sewing. She also was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

Mrs. Vauthier was a member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, where a visitation will be held at 10 a.m. today followed by services at 11 a.m.

She also is survived by a son, David W. Vauthier Jr. of Lititz, Pa.; a daughter, Dr. Sue Raver of Cumberland; and six grandchildren.

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