Elizabeth "Betsy" McCormick Lombardo, a homemaker and volunteer, died Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium after a 17-year battle with cancer. She was 57.
Born Elizabeth Beers in Baltimore, she graduated in 1966 from Notre Dame Preparatory School, then earned a bachelor's degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
She was the granddaughter of John J. Carlin, founder of Carlin's Park amusement park in Park Circle.
In her college days, Mrs. Lombardo enjoyed a number of artistic outlets including embroidery, watercolor painting and metal sculpture. Some of the work was publicly displayed. One of her award-winning cross-stitch pieces was showcased at the Maryland State Fair.
After graduating, but before starting a family, she taught special education students at Catholic schools in Baltimore, primarily at a school operated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
As a mother raising three children, Mrs. Lombardo "was busy driving us back and forth to school and sporting events," said her son Brian Lombardo of Linthicum.
In her free time, in addition to playing golf, tennis and bridge, she was an enthusiastic volunteer, Mr. Lombardo said. She worked alongside her mother, Eleanor C. Beers, at the St. Elizabeth Guild, raising money to help children with special needs.
She was an active member of St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville and sang in the choir there.
An avid gardener, she was a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club of Roland Park. She also was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland.
"She was just a very nice, kindhearted lady," Mr. Lombardo said. "Anyone you'd ask about her would say the same thing."
Her marriage to Richard M. Lombardo ended in divorce.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Roland Avenue at 37th Street.
In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Andy Lombardo of Ellicott City; a daughter, Jessica Lombardo of the Netherlands; two brothers, John Beers and Bill Beers, both of Towson; and a sister, Dolly Loeb of Connecticut.