Lillian Henry, 93, secretary for the Colts

March 27, 2004

Lillian Henry, a secretary who worked in the Baltimore Colts front office for 27 years, died Tuesday of stroke complications at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown, where she lived for the past four years. The Randallstown resident was 93.

Born Lillian Swarzenberg in Baltimore and raised on East Monument Street, she was a 1927 Eastern High School graduate.

During World War II, she worked for Prudential Insurance Co. in downtown Baltimore.

In 1953, she joined the secretarial staff of the Baltimore Colts at its Howard Street office and later worked at the team's Charles Street headquarters.

Known within the organization as Coach Lil, she had her own blue-and-white Colts helmet and a jersey imprinted with number 1.

She later served as secretary to Colts officials and coaches, including Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula, Don McCafferty, Don Kellett and Ernie Accorsi. She retired in 1980. She also was a secretary to News American and Sun sports columnist John Steadman when he worked for the team in the early 1950s.

"She was a huge fan and went to every home game and a lot of the out-of-the-town games, too," said her son, William C. Henry of Largo, Fla. "She made the 1958 championship game, too. She knew a lot of the players. She just loved those Colts."

Her husband of 28 years, Oliver J. Henry, a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad dispatcher, died in 1958.

In addition to her son, survivors include two granddaughters.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Loring Byers Funeral Directors Inc., 8728 Liberty Road.

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