Lucille W. Gibson, 77, Social Security employeeLucille W...

August 19, 1998

Lucille W. Gibson, 77, Social Security employee

Lucille W. Gibson, who worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of cardiac arrest. The lifelong Baltimorean was 77.

The former Lucille Watts graduated from Douglass High School in the late 1930s and the old Cortez Peters Business School in 1940. The next year, she married Emile M. Gibson, who survives her.

Mrs. Gibson worked as a receptionist in a Baltimore dental office before joining SSA in 1950, working in the downtown and Woodlawn complexes.

For more than 50 years, she was a member of the Iota Phi Lambda sorority, and also belonged to the Scatterbrains social club.

She was a longtime member of New All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where services were held yesterday.

She also is survived by a son, Emile M. Gibson Jr. of Oxon Hill; a daughter, Dona Adrian Gibson of Baltimore; a brother, Robert B. Watts of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Blanche Marie Viault Smith, a former Baltimorean, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. She was 97 and had lived in Bethesda since 1995.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., the former Blanche Marie Viault graduated from high school there and worked as a secretary while taking night classes at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, focusing on textile design.

She moved to Washington in the late 1920s and worked as a legal secretary. In 1936, she married R. Neale Smith and moved to Baltimore, where she lived for the next 59 years.

As a homemaker, Mrs. Smith made dresses for herself, her two daughters and their dolls.

"She was excellent in sewing," said her daughter, Caroline S. Russel of Bethesda. "She could look at a picture [of a dress] in Vogue magazine, adapt it and really turn it out."

From the 1930s to the mid-1990s, Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Cedarcroft Gardening Club in North Baltimore, and served as president and conservation chairwoman.

After her husband died in 1967, Mrs. Smith took art classes through senior citizens groups and traveled extensively in Europe and the United States.

Another daughter, Julie Girard Smith, died in 1995.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road in Baltimore.

Rodney Ellsworth Rigby Jr., 31, manager of carpet store

Rodney Ellsworth Rigby Jr., manager of a Laurel carpet store, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in Columbia. He was 31.

A Baltimore native who moved to Columbia three years ago, Mr. Rigby graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in 1985. Since 1988, he had managed the Bill's Carpet Warehouse store in Laurel.

He enjoyed sports, especially bowling, and was a member of New Fellowship Community Church in Baltimore, where he sang in the men's choir.

BTC Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Gillis Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave.

He is survived by a daughter, Janay Rigby of Baltimore; his mother, Amanda Rigby-Matthews of Columbia; his father, Rodney E. Rigby of Baltimore; and two sisters, Toni Rigby and Tyra Curry, both of Edgewood.

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