Jean L. Shelley, 80, teacher and guidance counselor

December 16, 2005

Jean Louise Shelley, a retired Baltimore County physical education teacher and guidance counselor, died of pneumonia Sunday at Edenwald Retirement Community. She was 80 and had lived in Towson.

She was born in Freeland and graduated from Sparks High School in 1945. She earned a degree in health, physical education and recreation from James Madison University.

She then taught girls physical education at Milford Mill Junior-Senior High School, where she was department chair.

She also coached many girls sports, including a 1951 county championship basketball team.

While on a sabbatical, Miss Shelley earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia. Later, she was an Overlea High School counselor.

She retired in 1979 as guidance department chairman at Parkville Senior High School.

At her retirement, the Baltimore County Guidance Association presented her with a plaque inscribed: "You have touched many - They have grown."

She was a member of the Ladies Golf Association at Pine Ridge Golf Course, and she also spent time on Virginia's Eastern Shore, where she fished.

Miss Shelley attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts and was a member of the Shipleys of Maryland.

She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a teachers society; the Retired Teacher's Association of Baltimore County; James Madison University Alumnae Association; and the Maryland Personnel and Guidance Association.

Services were held Tuesday at First English Lutheran Church, where she was a longtime member.

Survivors include a sister, Doris Shelley Hovermale of Denver, and several cousins.

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