Mary Elizabeth "Becky" Lipp, homemaker

Mary Elizabeth "Becky" Lipp, a homemaker who studied genealogy, died of pneumonia March 24 at the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 101 and had lived in Govans.

She was born Mary Elizabeth Barrett while her mother was traveling on a railroad train in Wilmington, Del. She was raised on a family farm in Fauquier County, Va., and moved to Baltimore as a young woman. She lived with cousins on Abell Avenue and worked nearby at the old Crown Five and Ten Cent Store on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly.

In 1939, she married Walter Joseph Lipp, a Western Electric engineer. They lived on Radnor Road for many years.

After raising a family, she worked at a dress salon at the Hutzler's department store in Towson.

Mrs. Lipp researched genealogy and traced her family in Maryland and Virginia. She found that her great-grandfather, Henry Willis Baxley, was a physician who helped found the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

She enjoyed gardening, baking and home decorating.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3009 Greenmount Ave., where she served on the altar guild and was a communicant.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Lipp Peters of Brooklandville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jeanne Marie Lipp Hegarty, died in 1994. Her husband of 50 years died in 1989.

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