Elizabeth H. Bunch, a retired Enoch Pratt Free Library staff member who won a library outstanding service award, died of complications of diabetes Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 76.
Elizabeth Howard was born in Litchfield, Ky., and attended schools in West Virginia. She moved to Baltimore in the 1940s. She joined the Pratt library staff in 1957 as a clerical assistant at the Patterson Park branch. She also worked in the Govans, Waverly, Fells Point, Roland Park and Federal Hill branches. She was promoted to a supervisory position in 1963.
Mrs. Bunch served as chairwoman of the Pratt Staff Association Activities Committee from 1968 to 1969 and founded the Pratt Bowling League.
In 1970, Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III presented her with the William G. Baker Award "in recognition of loyal and consistent participation in a branch library's effort to serve its community." Mrs. Bunch retired in 1989.
She was a member of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, where she sang in the sanctuary choir.
Her husband of 35 years, Edward R. Bunch Jr., a city firefighter, died in 1999.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Huber Memorial Church, 5701 York Road.
Survivors include a son, Larry Ball Jr. of Baltimore; three daughters, Tommye Seawell of Randallstown, and Jacquelyn Williams and Antonia Workman, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Harrison Howard and Robert McClelland, both of Jackson, Mich.; two sisters, Lilla-Mae Baker of Toledo, Ohio, and Joann Harvey of Jackson, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.