Suzanne A. McBride, 75, a military wife who often counseled the spouses of military men, died after a heart attack Nov. 8 at her home in Seabrook.
Mrs. McBride spent much of her life on military bases as the daughter of an Air Force colonel and later as the wife of one. She was born at Chanute Air Base in Rantoul, Ill. She grew up on two dozen bases in the United States and the Philippines. She attended Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio and became one of the first employees of the Air Force Security Service, where she met her husband.
She married in 1951 and during the first 18 years of marriage, she moved 20 times, including to posts in England, Germany, Turkey and Hawaii. Her family returned to the United States in 1968 and settled in Seabrook.
After her husband's retirement in 1975, Mrs. McBride joined him in creating a direct sales business for World Book Encyclopedia, which eventually employed 60 people. She helped her husband research book projects and assisted his work in local politics. She also helped him on World War II research projects at the National Archives.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Mrs. McBride provided day care for her grandchildren and enjoyed traveling to U.S. military bases. She often chatted with younger women who married soldiers and airmen and advised them on how to cope with military life.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, retired Air Force Col. Donald McBride of Seabrook; four daughters, Patricia McBride Finneran of Burtonsville, Nancylee Claire McBride of Fairfax County, Marguerite Jones of Lanham and Victoria McBride of Thurmont; and eight grandchildren.