Sunday, July 25, 2004

Pat Hibbard managed St. John's cafeteria

Covington resident served school for 20 years

By Chris Mayhew
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON - A lifetime resident of Covington, Pat Ballinger Hibbard was known by generations of students at St. John's Church school on Pike Street in Covington.

Mrs. Hibbard, a cafeteria manager for the school at St. John's Church in Covington for 20 years, died Thursday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood. She was 67.

"She loved the children at the school," said her daughter Debbie Bartlett of Covington. "She loved feeding the kids. My oldest daughter was there when she was."

Mrs. Hibbard made St. John's a family tradition.

"She put me and my brothers, all three of us, through Catholic school," Bartlett said. "She was a strong believer in the Catholic Church."

When it came to the students, Mrs. Hibbard would give the children advice, and sought to cheer up students with a smile and a talk if she could see they were sulking or feeling bad, her daughter said.

"Her world revolved around the children," her daughter said. "She knew them all by name, and when a new child came into the school, she went and found out their name."

From an early age, Mrs. Hibbard helped support the Veterans of Foreign Wars, beginning when she was in her teens.

"When she was younger, she was president of a junior girls unit," her daughter said. "I have a picture of her marching up Madison Avenue then."

She again became active with the VFW during the first Gulf War, and she served as the president of the ladies auxiliary for VFW Post 1484.

"I don't think there was a person in Covington who didn't know her," her daughter said. "I don't think she had an enemy in the world."

She also worked as cashier for Systems Parking at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

"She really loved her grandkids...and the one wall in the living room was nothing but pictures of the grandkids," her daughter said.

Other survivors include two sons, Chuck Hibbard of Burlington and Michael Hibbard of St. Bernard; two sisters, Marlene Reed of Fort Mitchell and Carol Fell of Dry Ridge; three brothers, William and Gerald Ballinger of Ludlow, and Lawrence Ballinger of Fort Mitchell; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. today at Allison & Rose Funeral Home in Covington. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Church in Covington. Burial will be in Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Memorials: March of Dimes, 4701 Creek Road, Suite 250, Blue Ash, OH 45242.


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