Josephine B. Offutt, churchwoman

The Baltimore Sun

Josephine Bentley Offutt, who was active in Roman Catholic organizations, died of heart disease Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 99.

Born Mary Josephine Bentley in Baltimore, she was raised at Rokeby, her family's Old Court Road home. She attended the Bryn Mawr School and was active in its drama productions. She then attended the old Eden Hall Academy in Torresdale, Pa.

She married Thomas Worthington Offutt Jr. in 1931. When he was overseas during World War II, she ran the daily operations and handled the finances of their 450-acre Fleetwood Farms near Owings Mills. The farm had a herd of more than 100 Black Angus steer, family members said. She also did volunteer service at a military hospital in San Francisco.

She and her husband sold Fleetwood Farms and resided at Locust Hill in the Worthington Valley, which she opened to Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage visitors. She and her husband moved to the Brightwood retirement community in 1991.

She was an avid gardener and belonged to a weekly prayer program. She was a past president of the Catholic Evidence League and made a pilgrimage to visit Eternal Word Television Network's Mother Angelica at her monastery in Irondale, Ala..

Mrs. Offutt enjoyed participating in Paint and Powder Club productions. She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, the Maryland Society of Colonial Dames and the Mount Vernon Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington, where she was a communicant.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas W. Offutt III of Mentor, Ohio, Bentley Offutt of Glyndon and James P. Offutt of Lutherville; a daughter, Josephine Bentley Offutt of Palm Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Her husband of 68 years died in 1999.

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