Dale S. Dudley, 66, manager at Hecht Co. store

March 17, 2006

Dale S. Dudley, a retired Hecht Co. manager and Glenwood resident, died of breast cancer March 10 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 66.

She was born and raised Dale Shilvock in Chicago.

After earning her bachelor's degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin, she worked in Chicago as an executive secretary for the Container Corp. of America and ACNielsen.

In 1970, she married James B. Dudley, who later became a Howard County Circuit Court judge.

Mrs. Dudley retired in 1998 from the Hecht Co., where she had worked for 22 years as a department manager at the department store's Columbia Mall store.

"She had an infectious personality, and people would go to Hecht's not to buy anything but to just talk to her," said Judge Dudley, who retired in 2005.

She volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and was a member-volunteer at the First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, where she was a greeter and wrote bereavement notes.

Mrs. Dudley was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago and was active in breast cancer support groups.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at her church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

Also surviving are her father, Raymond J. Shilvock of Chicago; a sister, Diane Iverson of Milwaukee; a stepson, Brad Dudley of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

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