Dorothy Theroux, 79, secretary


Dorothy Evelyn Theroux, a retired secretary who traveled the world and loved nature, died of a pulmonary embolism April 9 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. She was 79.

Dorothy Gonce was raised in Catonsville and graduated from Seton High School in 1946.

She married 2nd Lt. Leo Bernard Theroux II on July 8, 1950, at St. Lawrence Chapel in Catonsville.

The two traveled extensively as a result of Mr. Theroux's service with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The two made stops in Yuba City, Calif.; Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert in California; Anchorage, Alaska; Occoquan, Va.; Alexandria, Va.; Germany; and France.

"She really loved the time they spent in Alaska," said daughter Colette Nelson. "They were there when it got its statehood. She loved the nature, the flowers."

Mrs. Theroux retired in 1985 after working for 11 years as a secretary at the American College of Radiology in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Theroux loved art and nature. She also enjoyed sketching, painting, riding, archery, skiing and vacations at the shore. She also supported numerous charities, including American Indian advocacy groups.

"She identified with the plight of American Indians," said Mrs. Nelson, of Rockford, Ill. "She loved their jewelry, as well."

Mrs. Theroux also had a keen sense of humor and a deep love for her children and family, according to Mrs. Nelson.

Mrs. Nelson recalled two photos taken of her mother during a ski trip at Soda Springs, Calif. The first photo was of Mrs. Theroux at the top of a ski slope. The second photo was of her mother on crutches. Her mother wrote "Soda Sprains" on the back of the second photo.

"She had a way of looking at things that would make you laugh," Mrs. Nelson said.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Wheaton. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Leo Bernard Theroux III of Rosewell, Ga.; two sisters, Alice Mary Murphy of Columbia and Regina Mary Burch of St. Inigoes; and two grandchildren.

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