COLUMBIA - Elizabeth H. Leibovici, 94, died Jan. 3, 2008 at the Health Center of the Vantage House Retirement Community, Columbia.

Betty was born in Cumberland on Sept. 11, 1913, the daughter of William P. and Ellen M. Foley, long time residents of Cumberland.

After graduating from high school in 1932, Betty left her beloved Cumberland to enroll in the Metropolitan Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. As a registered nurse, she worked in city hospitals, eventually meeting her future husband, Dr. David Leibovici. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1943, after her husband was assigned to a federal tuberculosis hospital there. When the hospital closed in 1956, the family moved to Silver Spring. Betty returned to nursing in 1960 and worked for many years as a R.N. in public schools, retirement communities and nursing homes. Her husband died in 1982.

Throughout her life, Betty was an avid reader and collector of books and founded a thriving book club at her church. She loved all types of books and particularly loved to read poetry. She spoke often of the natural beauty of Cumberland and its surrounding mountains.

Betty's fondest childhood memory was of sledding on Grand Avenue. She regularly relayed how certain streets in Cumberland would be closed to traffic for a few hours on evenings when it had snowed so that children could sled safely. She loved to describe how she would get a running start at the top of the hill and belly whopper onto her sled and how on a good run she would travel almost two blocks. Her eyes sparkled every time she spoke of her sledding days.

She is survived by her three children, Roberta Fauriol of Oakton, Va., Michael Leibovici of Clarksville and William Leibovici of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Vantage House Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association.

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