Babette D. McEvoy, 78, homemaker and poet


Babette Deveta McEvoy, a homemaker and former Catonsville resident, died of cardiomyopathy Friday at Brandywyne Health Care Center in Winter Haven, Fla. She was 78.

Born Babette D. Scrimger in Washington and raised in Linthicum, she graduated in 1941 from Glen Burnie High School. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park and worked in the auditor's department of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during World War II.

The former Blakeney Road resident had been an active member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Catonsville before moving to Winter Haven in 1991.

"She had a strong faith and was always offering herself to people who needed help," said her son, Charles Alan McEvoy of Sykesville.

Mrs. McEvoy enjoyed driving elderly neighbors to shopping trips and doctor's appointments, family members said. She also enjoyed reading and writing poetry, and traveling by railroad.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Congregational United Church of Christ in Winter Haven.

In addition to her son, survivors include her husband of 56 years, Charles P. McEvoy; a daughter, Ruth Anne Crickard of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Kim G. Pitman, died in 1991.

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