Velma Seabrooks, 79

SSA manager

June 29, 2007

Velma C. Seabrooks, a retired Social Security Administration district office manager, died of lung cancer Friday at her Catonsville home. She was 79.

Born Velma Castine Cherry in Ahoskie, N.C., she was raised and educated in Washington, D.C., where she joined the Social Security Administration as a clerk. She moved to Baltimore in 1960 and became a district manager of offices in Baltimore and Towson.

Mrs. Seabrooks received two Commissioner Citations for her work with the federal agency. Then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer gave her his "Baltimore is Best" award in the 1980s.

She enjoyed travel to Egypt, Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii. She also took day trips.

Services were yesterday at the First Baptist Church, 4200 Liberty Heights Ave., where she was an active member.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Marion Seabrooks, who is retired from the Health Care Financing Administration; and a god-daughter, R. LaVerne Rice of Country Club Hills, Ill.

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