Elizabeth H. Breidenbaugh, who with her husband owned and operated a Baltimore County dairy farm for nearly 50 years, died Monday of a heart attack at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 81.
The daughter of a farmer and a schoolteacher, Elizabeth Bennett Harlan was born in Baltimore and raised at her family's Belvedere Farm in Fallston, where she helped her father regularly milk his registered Jersey cows.
Beginning early in her life, she demonstrated a lifelong interest in raising and showing Jersey cows, so much so that she was given the nickname of "Jersey."
She was a member of the 4-H and a member of the American Jersey Association, and had been named a Maryland 4-H All-Star.
During her high school years, she studied agriculture at Bel Air High School, where she was a member of the Future Farmers of America.
A 1948 graduate of Bel Air High, she used the money from the sale of one of her heifers to pay her tuition at the George School in Newtown, Pa.
She then enrolled at the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture in Ambler, which is now part of Temple University, from which she graduated in 1951.
In 1956, she married G. Nelson "Bud" Breidenbaugh. They settled on the Breidenbaugh family farm in Glen Arm, where the couple raised Holsteins and she kept at least one Jersey in the herd.
Mrs. Breidenbaugh worked alongside her husband operating the dairy farm as well as growing vegetables that they sold at their farm and farm stands, family members said.
Mr. Breidenbaugh died in 2006.
Mrs. Breidenbaugh's hobby was "working on the farm and taking care of her cows," said a granddaughter, Hannah Amoss of White Hall.
At her death, Mrs. Breidenbaugh was still living on her farm.
She had been a member for 80 years of the Little Falls Meeting, 719 Old Fallston Road, Fallston, where funeral services will be held at noon Friday.
In addition to her granddaughter, Mrs. Breidenbaugh is survived by two sons, George N. Breidenbaugh and William H. Breidenbaugh, both of Glen Arm; two daughters, Mary B. Amoss and Rachel B. Holmes, both of Fallston; a brother, William Harlan of Fallston; two sisters, Dr. Mary Ellen Saterlie of Cockeysville and Alice Remsberg of Fallston; and nine other grandchildren.