Ira B. Colbert, Lab Technician

July 25, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Ira B. Colbert, a retired laboratory technician and longtime Arlington resident, died July 16 of congestive heart failure at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 78.

Ira Mae Brown, the daughter of farmers, was born and raised in Halifax County, N.C. After graduating from high school, she moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s.

Mrs. Colbert, who was known as Mae, received her technical training at Morgan State University and later at Essex Community College.

She was employed as a laboratory technician at Franklin Square Hospital Center for two decades before retiring in 1996.

Mrs. Colbert was a world traveler and especially enjoyed visiting Guyana, family members said.

She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

"Family and friends will remember Mae as being caring, strong and independent," said a nephew, Marion Lloyde of Columbia.

She was an active member of Whitestone Baptist Church, where she had served on the usher board and was a member of the Super 60s group.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church, 3001 Baker St.

Also surviving are a sister, Nora Brown Carter of Havelock, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. A marriage to Morris Colbert ended in divorce.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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