Elizabeth Bavota, 90, homemaker, Orioles fan

April 14, 2004

Elizabeth Bavota, a homemaker and an Orioles fan, died Saturday at her Lutherville home of complications from heart disease. She was 90.

Born Elizabeth Bryant in Nelson County, Va., she moved to Baltimore at age 15 and worked in a shoe factory. She did not attend school, and she taught herself to read and write. She also picked up shorthand from one of her daughter's schoolbooks.

Family members said she was unable to attend Orioles games because of ill health, but kept statistics on the team and bought tickets for her children and grandchildren. The Oriole Bird mascot attended a celebration for her 80th birthday, which also was announced at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Her husband of 43 years, Michael J. Bavota, a General Motors vehicle assembler, died in 1977.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include four daughters, Judith Bavota, Gertrude Cammarata, Jeanette Kauffman and Michaelene Bavota, all of Baltimore; a sister, Preston Dawson of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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