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After 40 years, time to retire

May 09, 2001

After 40 years, time to retire



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Libby EarleyPhoto: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

Elizabeth "Libby" Earley, a Washington County volunteer for more than 40 years, is moving to Superstition Falls, Arizona.

On Tuesday the Washington County Commissioners designated May 8 Elizabeth "Libby" Earley Day.

"I'm thrilled to death," she said afterward.

Earley, 73, is moving June 15. She serves on the Washington County Historic Advisory Committee and the Washington County Historic Trust.

A proclamation was presented to Earley by Commissioner Paul L. Swartz, who said "it is quite an honor" to give her the proclamation.

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The proclamation said in part, "Libby is now removing herself to Superstition Falls, Ariz., to join her family for a much earned retirement and said body of elected officials wish to commend her numerous contributions to Washington County and recommend to said Superstition Falls, Ariz., that retirement is a word that doesn't fit in her vocabulary."

Earley already has made plans to work with the League of Women Voters and a historical group in Arizona, she said.

During her 40 years of volunteer work she gave walking tours of downtown Hagerstown and helped, as an appointed member of the Washington County Historical Society, to build a genealogical library.

As a member of the Women's Network of Washington County in the 1980s, she played a key role in getting legislation passed to create the Washington County Commission for Women.

She also was cofounder and president of Food Resources of Washington County.

She has served as president and adviser for the Washington County League of Women Voters and as host to the County Commissioners as they participate individually in the League's regular weekly radio broadcast on WJEJ.

"It will be a sad day for Washington County" when she moves, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

"You are a jewel," Swartz told her.

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