Jessie F. Bilbo, 80, worked at St. Agnes HealthCare

October 05, 2002

Jessie F. Bilbo, who worked for more than 20 years at St. Agnes HealthCare assisting nurses and patients, died of a heart attack Thursday at her Reisterstown home. She was 80.

She was born in Roxbury Mills Village, Howard County, and raised in Ellicott City, where she graduated from high school.

She studied nursing with the American Red Cross and at Spring Grove State Hospital.

Mrs. Bilbo, who retired from St. Agnes HealthCare in May, offered direct care to patients, helping them eat and bathe, taking blood pressure and providing back rubs.

"She was a very compassionate person, and one of her patients told her that someday there would be a chair waiting for her in heaven," said her husband of 52 years, Dale Bilbo.

Mrs. Bilbo's hobby was collecting and dispensing shoes and clothes to the needy. She also financially supported many charities.

She liked visiting Ocean City and Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Services will be at 8 a.m. today at Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Michael G. Bilbo of Hampstead; two daughters, Sylvia Chaney of Linthicum and Barbara Parker of Catonsville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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