Shannon Obaker, 29

Worked for Orioles

January 24, 2007

Shannon Dale Obaker, director of community outreach for the Baltimore Orioles, died of a rare form of cervical cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson-area resident was 29.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Anneslie, she was a 1995 graduate of Towson High School. She worked for the Orioles in public relations during home games while earning a bachelor's degree in communications at the University of Delaware.

She joined the Orioles organization full time in 1999. She worked on the team's annual Fan Fest, and arranged for player appearances and donations to local charity auctions. She also helped set up an annual children's holiday party and arranged for sick children to appear on the playing field at pre-game ceremonies.

Miss Obaker had battled her disease since it was diagnosed in late 2005 and underwent numerous medical treatments and surgery.

"If she even felt a little bit OK, she would go to work," said her mother, Mary Jane Lytle Obaker. "She was a courageous, high-spirited fighter. She tried and tried to beat the cancer."

Survivors also include two sisters, Lauren M. Davis of Glen Arm and Erin G. Giordani of Rodgers Forge; and her grandmothers, Eleanor Y. Lytle of Fort Myers, Fla., and Nellie Mae Obaker of Vero Beach, Fla.

Services were held yesterday at Towson Presbyterian Church, where she was a member.

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