Dorothy A. Kibler, 87, elementary school teacher

October 13, 2005

Dorothy A. Kibler, a retired elementary school teacher and community volunteer, died of a lung condition Saturday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 87.

Born Dorothy Myra Anderson in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn Park, she was a 1938 graduate of Glen Burnie High School. She attended what was then Towson State Teachers College and later completed her degree at a Virginia teachers college.

While her husband was on assignment with the Navy, Mrs. Kibler taught at schools in Newfoundland and Boston. In 1954, they returned to Maryland, and she began teaching at Belvedere Elementary School in Arnold, remaining there for 17 years. She retired from the Naval Academy Primary School in Annapolis about 25 years ago.

"She never stopped working with children," said her cousin, Nancy Brown of Annapolis. "She had no children of her own, and she treated every child who came in her path as her own."

After her retirement, Mrs. Kibler became a substitute teacher in Anne Arundel County schools and also worked as a Head Start program coordinator. She spent summers tutoring elementary school subjects from her home.

She and her husband took courses at Anne Arundel Community College, where they developed an interest in foreign affairs and assisted in the administration of current events seminars.

Mrs. Kibler was a guide at the governor's mansion during the Schaefer and Glendening administrations.

Active in senior citizen events, she planned bus trips for AARP chapters and her church. She volunteered with the blood pressure checks at the Annapolis Mall.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the Anne Arundel Retired Teachers Association, College Women of America, the American Legion Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband of 60 years, Edward Lynne Kibler, a retired naval officer, died in 2002.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Asbury United Methodist Church in Arnold, where she was a member and had taught in its preschool.

Surviving are three sisters, Thelma Cole of Millersville, Vivian Wayson of Glen Burnie and Gloria Prudhomme of Coral Springs, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

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