Elizabeth E. 'Libby' Chapman, homemaker

Elizabeth E. "Libby" Chapman, a homemaker and former longtime Roland Park resident, died Sept. 23 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson of complications from dementia. She was 100.

The daughter of Swepson Earle, author of "Chesapeake Bay Country," and Mabel Earle, a homemaker, Elizabeth Swepson Earle was born in Bel Air and raised in Roland Park.

After her mother's death, she was raised by her father and Georgia Earle, her stepmother.

After attending the Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Va., Mrs. Chapman worked during the 1930s and early 1940s as a buyer for the old O'Neill & Co. department store that stood on the southwest corner of Charles and Lexington streets.

She was married in 1942 to Samuel Vannort Chapman, a lawyer, who died in 1992.

In the 1960s, after her daughter was grown, Mrs. Chapman returned to work and became a sales associate at the old Stewart's department store on York Road in North Baltimore.

Mrs. Chapman, who was known as "Libby," lived for years on Keswick Road, before moving in 1990 to the Blakehurst Retirement Community.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames.

She also was a docent at the Mount Clare Mansion, the 1760 home of Charles Carroll the Barrister in Southwest Baltimore, where she enjoyed dressing in Colonial period clothing.

Mrs. Chapman enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and, in her younger years, ice skating.

She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 10.

Mrs. Chapman is survived by her daughter, Clare Fisher of Pasadena; a sister, Louise "Weddie" Crockett of Pasadena, Calif.; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.


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