Dolly D. Gilmore-Wolle, 61, artist, police officer

May 28, 2004

Dolly Diana Gilmore-Wolle, an artist and former Baltimore police officer, died of cancer Monday at her Westminster home. She was 61.

Born Dolly Diana Bass in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville and Catonsville, she attended Bais Yaakov School for Girls and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from what is now Towson University.

She bred and trained German shepherds before joining the city police force and being assigned to the Eastern District. For several years in the 1970s, she worked in the Officer Friendly program and used a dog puppet to instruct children in safety rules and not to speak to strangers.

"She taught children that police officers are friendly," said her daughter, Donna Haines of Taneytown.

She left the police force about 20 years ago and became a children's art teacher at Yeshiva Rambam in Pikesville and at senior centers in Taneytown and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church in Westminster, where she was a member.

Survivors also include her husband of nearly 10 years, Kenneth J. Wolle; a son, Rick Gilmore of Westminster; another daughter, Jill Gilmore of Mount Airy; a sister, Marlene Barron of New York City; and four grandchildren.

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