Dorothy Jurhee McBride
Died on June 18, 2008, of heart failure at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. She was 88.
Born to Alvis and Mamie Allen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jurhee, as she was known to friends, attended the city’s Central High School where she excelled in musical theater. After graduating in 1938, she passed up a vocal music scholarship to Pennsylvania’s Westminster College in order to marry another Central High Alumnus, Paul McBride, on December 7, 1940. While living in Oklahoma City, Jurhee worked for the Board of Education and her uncle, Dr. Ed Allen, a prominent local obstetrician. The young couple then moved to Enid, Oklahoma, where Paul was the Editor of the Enid Events. After his service in World War II, Paul’s work with U.S. Senator Robert Kerr brought the family to the Washington, DC area in 1949. Jurhee enjoyed singing in the choir of Fairlington Methodist Church in Alexandria, and the McBrides became longtime residents of Seminary Valley. In addition to a part-time career with antiques and interior decorating, Mrs. McBride worked as a homemaker and raised five children, all of whom attended public school in Alexandria. In 1974, Paul and Jurhee retired to Louisa County, Virginia, where she became active in the Louisa County Flower Club and local ceramics groups. She also was a member of the Mary Ball Woman’s Club in Fredericksburg. Her youngest son, Allen, was a 1978 graduate of Louisa High School. Paul McBride died in September of 2000, just three months short of their 60th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her brother, John Edward Allen of Mandeville, Louisiana, and her five children: Paulette Hodges of Orange, Virginia; Suzanne Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Jeannie Kenny of Louisa, Virginia, Robert McBride of Mineral, Virginia, and Allen McBride of Woodbridge, Virginia. In addition, she leaves ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
On July 3rd, she will rejoin her husband for eternity at Arlington National Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been made with Woodward Funeral Home in Louisa. An online guestbook is available at www.woodwardfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Laura McBride Scholarship Fund, c/o Westfield High School Band Boosters Organization, 4700 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, Virginia 20151.