Fishbein, Bettye A.

January 09, 2004

On January 1, 2004, BETTYE A. FISHBEIN died peacefully in her sleep only hours after the arrival of the new year, having just completed her 94th year. She was a proud member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for 45+ years, serving actively in Sisterhood, and heading up the Braille Bindery for many years. She was highly skilled in the needle arts, excelling in knitting, crocheting, and sewing; if you knew her longer than a month, you were likely to receive one of her custom-knit sweaters. Bettye always had a smile and a kind word, and if Jewish people believed in sainthood, she would definitely qualify. Her devoted husband Sidney, an educator, pre-deceased her by ten years. She leaves behind a beloved sole daughter, Carrie Robbins, of New York City, a theatrical costume designer, illustrator, and Master Teacher at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and many wonderful cousins, nieces, and nephews (even great great great nieces/nephews!) in Baltimore, including Marcia and Buzzy Spear, Iris, Irv, and Suzy Kaplan, and Linda and Stuart Miller, as well as the whole Berman clan, for whom she was a shining light of optimism, strength, and faith. A Memorial Service officiated by Rabbi Rex Perlmeter was held Sunday January 4 at The Atrium, in Owings Mills at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bettye's memory to the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood, 7401 Park Heights Ave., 21208.

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