Sondra Elise Banfield Dailey, 66

March 13, 2011

Sondra Elise Banfield Dailey, a book publisher, died of cancer Feb. 27 at her son's Canton home. She was 66.

Born Sondra Elise Banfield, she was a 1962 graduate of Forest Park High School, where she was cheerleading captain. He father was a Provident Hospital physician; her mother was a social worker.

"She was the first black to hold that position and it was the tradition that she would become homecoming queen. The principal cancelled the homecoming position," said a classmate, radio host Marc Steiner. "She was an incredible dancer, a fighter for civil rights and of woman of her time who was adead of her time."

She taught Sunday school at the Baltimore Ethical Society. She earned a bachelor of science and a master's degrees from Howard University. She also had a master's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.

As a young woman she danced with George Faison during her years at Howard. She later danced with Joyworks Ministries was the director of Dance for Joy, the dance ministry of Faith Christian Fellowship in Owing Mill.

She was a co-founder of Sandbox Empowerment Group and counseled abused women about making good choices. Family members said she helped them on job interview etiquette and offered guidance on speech, dress and professional presentation skills.

She was a Calvert School counselor and wrote a first grade American history book and a fourth grade Texas history book.

"My mother remained poetically obsessed with education and literature. She had obligatory charge to open doors of opportunity for young students and troubled adults alike. There was a time, long after Garth and I had left the 'carpool' days wherein my mother would drive clear across town for 2 years every morning to pick up a child who had been accepted to St. Paul's school but had no means of transportation to get there. She was an early riser and a fundamentally offering person" said her son Jason.

During the 1980's, Sondra owned and operated Banfield Design Group, an interior design firm that successfully completed projects for a number of residential clients, business', and educational institutions in the Baltimore area.

From 1992 – 2000, Sondra served on the board of trustees of St. Paul's School where both her sons were students.

After remet her high school sweetheart at a class reunion, Sondra married Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr. in June 2003 and joined her new husband in El Paso, Texas, where she also worked qwith local charities, including Kids Excel El Paso.

In pursuing another of her passions, Sondra founded Loopworks, a hand-knit accessories and specialty clothing business. She was recognized for her work being featured in the 2004 winter edition of Interweave Knits magazine.

Sondra was co-founder and publisher of Sweet Earth Flying Press, a company established in 2008, which already has published Boy of the Border by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps and Burning Horses by Agatha Hoff. Two other books on which Sondra worked are forthcoming.

Survivors include her husband of eight years; her sons, Jason Timoll of Baltimore and Garth Timoll of San Francisco; a brother, Gilbert Leslie Banfield Jr. of Tucson, Arizona; and two sisters, Karen Evansand Adrienne Banfield-Jones, both of Baltimore. Her marriage to Dr. Eli Anthony Timoll ended in divorce.

Services were held March 7 at St. Pau's Schools Chapel in Brooklandville.

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