Helen M. Seay

[ Age 88] Elementary school secretary co-founded the Dundalk Sweet Adelines.

June 14, 2007

Helen M. Seay, a retired school secretary and co-founder of the Dundalk Sweet Adelines, died June 6 of heart failure at her Dundalk home. She was 88.

Helen McMillen was born in Aliquippa, Pa., and moved with her family to Dundalk in 1925.

She was a graduate of St. Rita parochial school and in 1937 from Eastern High School.

She was also a graduate of Strayer's Business College.

While working at Aberdeen Proving Ground, she met her future husband, Robert Leon Seay III, whom she married in 1941.

After the war, the couple built their home on Dunran Road, where they lived for more than 60 years.

Mr. Seay died last month.

During her 20-year career as a school secretary, she worked at Eastwood, Merritt Point and Grange elementary schools. She retired in 1985.

A Peabody Conservatory-trained pianist, Mrs. Seay was also a piano teacher and composer.

She was a co-founder in 1950 of the Dundalk chapter of the Sweet Adelines and was a member of the Chorus of the Chesapeake. She enjoyed painting scenery for the organization's shows that were staged at the Lyric Opera House.

Mrs. Seay wrote short stories and poetry and painted in oils and watercolors.

She also worked in stained glass and with clay and marble.

A memorial service and recital will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 1 at the Weinberg Center in Glyndon.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Leon Seay IV of Colora and John McMillen Seay of Hamilton; three daughters, Kathleen M. Seay and Maureen E. Martin, both of Dundalk, and Mary Helen Grasso of Perry Hall; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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