Lee F. Lindsey, Store Manager

July 07, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Lee F. Lindsey, a former department store manager who earlier had been director of publicity for the Maryland State Fair and a model, died Saturday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 90.

Lee Friend, the daughter of a real estate salesman and music teacher, was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y.

Reared in a musical family (her mother had taught musical vibrations and tone to Helen Keller, family members said), Mrs. Lindsey was an accomplished pianist.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Baltimore and married Harry C. Lindsey, a Maryland state trooper, in 1938.

In the late 1930s, she began working at Hutzler's department store in sales and modeling. During World War II, she was a lathe and drill press operator at Black & Decker Corp. in Towson.

After the war, she went to work in Towson for the old Union News, a Towson weekly, selling subscriptions and finally became the newspaper's advertising manager.

When Arnold Constable, the venerable old Fifth Avenue department store, opened a branch at the old Eudowood Plaza in Towson in 1962, Mrs. Lindsey was its manager.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Lindsey was publicity director for the annual Timonium State Fair and had been Baltimore County chairwoman for the Mothers March of Dimes campaign.

The former longtime Dulaney Valley Road resident had been a member of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland, Colonial Charolais Association and the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society. She also had been a member of the Woman's Club of Towson, Soroptimist International Association and Bykota.

In 1999, she moved from her Towson home to Oak Crest Village, and since last year, had been a Fairhaven resident.

She and her husband, who died in 1982, had been avid boaters.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Surviving are a son, J. Harry Lindsey of Mount Airy; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

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