Elizabeth A. “Lib” Crotty

September 1, 1926 - July 19, 2018

Elizabeth A. “Lib” Crotty, age 91, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Princeton, WV, on September 1, 1926, Lib was one of nine children to the late Opie C. and Vera G. (Lankford) Crotty. Lib graduated from Bluefield College with a business degree. Following graduation she worked for various companies in WV. In 1959 she moved to Delaware with her parents where she began her career as an executive secretary. She first worked with Sears Acceptance Corporation and then International Reading Association, where she did extensive traveling. She later went to work for the U of D in the library where she retired in 1992.

Lib was a member of the Wilmington Opera Society in her earlier years and enjoyed singing and performing. After retirement she loved gardening, baking, knitting and could always be found cheering on her beloved Phillies.

On behalf of Lib’s family they would like to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice for their outstanding care and ministry.

In addition to her parents, Lib was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack Crotty, Thomas Crotty and O.C. Crotty and sisters, Eloise Myers, Dorothy Perry and Patricia Bowyer. She is survived by her sisters, Rose Barton and Evelyn Fitzpatrick, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A visitation of family and friends will be held from 12 pm until 1 pm on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lib’s name to the Calvary Baptist Church, 215 East Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711.


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4 Condolences for Elizabeth A. “Lib” Crotty

  • I was so sorry to see in the paper this morning of Libby’s death. I have feared for a while that she was very sick. She and I used to talk on the phone once in a while, but, not for a couple or even a few years now. I knew her from years ago when we both belonged to TOPS ( A weight loss group, that I still belong to). I remember her especially for her sense of humor. And I still have a recipe that she shared using stuff from her garden. I remember a little adventure that she and I had one Saturday. TOPS was having the Fall Rally some place over on Rt 13. I drove, but neither one of us knew where we were going. But, between the 2 of us (mostly her) we got there and on time, too. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.. But, I know she is in good hands.
    Rella Kane

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of such a special lady. I had many nice conversations with Lib over the years. I’m so glad I got to know her. She will be missed but I will remember her always with good thoughts. Just know that this family is in my prayers especially on today. I pray God give you all the peace and comfort you need.

    Sincerely, Rosa

  • To the Barton family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. From what I’ve heard, Aunt Lib was a fun lady in her younger days. So she must be dancing in heaven now. God bless.
    Ellen & Rich Gruebel

  • Aunt Rose and family,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know Aunt Lib will be greatly missed. I have fond memories of her as a kind and funny lady. There is joy and comfort that she is reunited with family in heaven.