Barbara R. Worthington dies at 70

Weaver and administrative assistant for credit union

July 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Barbara R. Worthington, a retired credit union administrative assistant and weaver, died June 29 of lung cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Mount Washington resident was 70.

Barbara Reeves, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Hills and Riverdale, N.Y.

She was a 1957 graduate of Riverdale Country School and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1961 from William Smith College, now Hobart William Smith.

Mrs. Worthington worked in New York City as an assistant editor for Harcourt Brace before returning to Baltimore in 1964, when she became a research assistant in the outpatient psychotherapy department at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

From 1967 to 1970, she was an information specialist in the hearing and speech information center at Hopkins.

In 1977, Mrs. Worthington, an accomplished weaver who had been president of the Baltimore Weavers Guild, owned and operated The Basket Works in Dickeyville and Catonsville.

After closing the business, Mrs. Worthington took a position as acting director for the Howard County Arts Council and later was office manager of the organization until 1998.

From 1999 until retiring in 2005, she was an administrative assistant for Security Financial Group, the state employees' credit union of Maryland.

Mrs. Worthington had been a guest lecturer at the Potomac Craftsmen Gallery and had been vice chair of the Maryland Crafts Council.

Mrs. Worthington enjoyed knitting and spending winters in St. Augustine, Fla.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete Tuesday.

Surviving are a son, Ashton Scott Worthington of New York City; a brother, Robert B. Reeves of Annapolis; a sister, Carol Dunn of Seven Lakes, N.C.; and two grandchildren. Her marriage to Fred E. Worthington ended in divorce.

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