Betty Jane Bivins Chase, a retired Baltimore public schools personnel worker, died of respiratory failure April 16 at the Levindale Geriatric Rehabilitation Center. The Randallstown resident was 75.
Born Betty Jane Bivins in Baltimore, she was the daughter of James and Margaret Thomas Bivins. Raised in Lothian in Anne Arundel County, she was a 1956 graduate of Wiley H. Bates High School in Annapolis. She was a member of the Starlighters Drama Club and the Future Teachers of America.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in science education from Morgan State University and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
While a Morgan student, she met her future husband, Ralph V. Chase Sr., a Baltimore Recreation and Parks Department employee who managed the old Memorial Stadium.
Mrs. Chase was a medical social worker at the old Baltimore City Hospitals, now Johns Hopkins Bayview. She joined the Baltimore Department of Education and taught early childhood education. She later became a human resources specialist at the department's headquarters.
She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a past president of the Trekkers, a travel group. She also belonged to the Roadrunners Travel Club and the Red Hatters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave., where she was a member.
Survivors include a son, Ralph V. Chase Jr. of Randallstown; two daughters, Stephanie Chase Melette of Baltimore and Andrea Chase Darby of St. Louis; two brothers, Leonard E. Bivins of Lanham and Robert P. Bivins of Lothian; a sister, Dr. Margaret Bivins Brown of Lochearn; a stepdaughter, Judy C. Henson of Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband of 48 years died in 2009.