Elizabeth B. Brizendine, 87, homemaker, teacher

September 07, 2004

Elizabeth B. Brizendine, a homemaker and retired teacher, died of cancer Sunday at the Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson, where she had lived for the past 10 years. She was 87.

Born Elizabeth Bietsch in Quincy, Pa., she earned a chemistry degree at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. and belonged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority, where she was later a national officer and remained active in its Baltimore and Annapolis alumnae clubs.

She was a 1945 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and had a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University. Many years ago she was a nursing supervisor at Johns Hopkins Hospital's William Osler wing.

In the late 1960s, Mrs. Brizendine taught nursing at the Community College of Baltimore.

After living on Range Road in Towson for many years, she and her husband of 52 years, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Austin W. Brizendine, moved to Kent Island in 1984. He died in 1994.

She served on the education fund of the Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She also supported local historical and cultural organizations.

Mrs. Brizendine enjoyed playing bridge, quilting and gardening. She was also a subscriber to the Baltimore Opera Company.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where she was a member and served on its altar guild.

Survivors include a son, Austin W. Brizendine Jr. of Timonium; two daughters, Grace Brizendine Bishop of Lutherville and Catherine Brizendine Tolman of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Tom Bietsch of Carlisle, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

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