Claire Baily Lombard

Claire Baily Lombard of Mount Pleasant Road, Columbia, entered her reward in heaven as she lived her life, with quiet grace and dignity, on Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at Lancaster General Hospital.

She was the wife of 51 years of Dr. Robert M. Lombard, who preceded her in death in 2001.

Born in Waynesburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edith Whiting and Ralph Waldo Emerson Baily. Graduating from Waynesburg College with a Bachelors Degree in English and the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters Degree in Advertising, she enjoyed a brief career as a fashion copywriter at Kaufmann's Department Store in Pittsburgh before her marriage in 1950. Moving to Lancaster shortly after being married, and later while residing in Marietta, she was a copy editor and freelance editor for the Lancaster Newspapers and a writer/editor for The Marietta Times. Her civic activities were extensive and highly valued by the members of the community.

Mrs. Lombard served on the Marietta Restoration Board since its inception in the 1970s and played an instrumental role in establishing the popular Christmas by Candlelight tours and Marietta Days held in the spring of each year. A past secretary of the Marietta Community House, she was also a member of the Lancaster Garden Club and the Lancaster Blind Association where she taught pottery and helped develop The Garden of the Five Senses in Lancaster County Park. An avid bridge and tennis player, she sported memberships in both the Lancaster Bridge Club and the Lancaster Tennis and Riding Club, and ardently supported Lancaster Catholic High School athletic competitions.

In 1963, Mrs. Lombard co-created Circle Creek Camp for children in East Donegal Township, where she taught Arts and Crafts.

A masterful calligrapher, Mrs. Lombard created innumerable award certificates, wedding invitations and placecards, birth announcements, and other documents, both public and private, for family, friends, and various organizations to which she belonged.

Inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution early in life, she was an enthusiast of family history and genealogy. Other pursuits included gardening, reading, writing, college basketball, political thought, and theological discussion.

A convert to Catholicism, Mrs. Lombard passionately practiced her faith and volunteered much of her time to The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, providing weekly flower arrangements and seasonal Christmas displays. Since the Church closed in the 1990s, Mrs. Lombard had been a member of Mary, Mother of the Church, Roman Catholic Church in Mount Joy.

Surviving are her five children, Dr. Robert M., husband of Nancy Mauer Lombard of Newburgh, Indiana, Constance L. Waltz, wife of Barry E. Waltz of Columbia, Dr. Jeffrey S., husband of Susan Knight Lombard of Largo, Florida, Mark B.W. of Dallas, Texas, and Meredith L. Lombard of Columbia; 15 grandchildren: Robert S., Karen N., Theresa M., and Gregory S. Lombard; Barry E., Jr., Mary Vivian, Katharine C., Abigail M., Jeffrey L., Mark A.Waltz; and Zoe K., Paige K., D. Sterling, Quinn K., and H. Hampton Lombard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 20, 2004 at 2 PM from Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 409 Cherry Street, Columbia, PA with the Reverend Kenneth F. Lawrence as Celebrant. Final Commendation and Farewell in St. Peter s Catholic Cemetery, Klinesville, PA. Friends may call at the Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc., 16 East Main Street, Mount Joy on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM and again on Monday afternoon at Holy Trinity from 1 to 2 PM. If desired memorial contributions in memory of Claire may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 409 Cherry Street, Columbia, PA 17512, or to Mary, Mother of the Church, 625 Union School Rd., Mount Joy, PA 17552. Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc. Mount Joy.

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