Elizabeth Bibby, volunteer, churchwoman

April 09, 2009|By JACQUES KELLY

Elizabeth Baumer Bibby, a community volunteer who was active in Roman Catholic organizations, died in her sleep Monday at the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville. The former Montrose Avenue resident was 92.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford, she was a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Her grandfather, Francis Baumer, was a leading church candle manufacturer in the United States and had an appointment to the Vatican. Her father, Norbert Baumer, was president of A. Gross Candle Co. of Baltimore.

During World War II, she was an American Red Cross volunteer in Miami and later worked for the charity in Baltimore and Washington.

Mrs. Bibby was a longtime Women's Board of Johns Hopkins member. She was also co-chairwoman of the hospital's annual antiques show at the Evergreen House.

She was married to D. Mead Johnson of Evansville, Ind., whose grandfather, Edward Mead Johnson, was a founder of Johnson & Johnson and Mead Johnson & Co. They were divorced. She then married John Roberts Bibby of Baltimore. They resided in Naples, Fla., in the winter and at Brightwood in the summer. He died in 1992.

Mrs. Bibby was an early member of Cor Christi, a Roman Catholic organization, and made religious pilgrimages in conjunction with the group.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Evans Funeral Chapel, 16924 York Road in Monkton. Plans for a memorial Mass are incomplete.

Survivors include a son, Edward Mead Johnson III of Granville, Mass.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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