It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Libby Blank, a cherished wife, sister, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend. She passed away on January 14th, 2024 at the age of 86, surrounded by her family.
To be loved by Libby was to be loved with fierceness, loyalty, and intensity. She was a devoted daughter to her parents, Lewis and Dorothy Litt, and wife to her beloved husband, Bud. Libby and Bud shared a marriage that lasted an incredible 65 years, filled with love, travel, happiness, and treasured time with family. They married in 1958, after graduating from Temple University — Libby with her Bachelor's degree in Science and Bud with his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry.
Together they raised their three sons Eric, Rob, and Jeff in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Libby and Bud instilled in their boys a devotion to learning, exploration, and family. Libby’s motivational spirit and unwavering support inspired her sons to pursue their passions, educational goals, and athletic achievements. This legacy was passed down through her children to her six grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as Gram. It was a role that brought her so much love and joy.
Libby’s lifelong passion for learning and education carried through both her personal and professional life. She graduated at the top of her class from Olney High School and earned her Bachelor's degree and Master's in Education from Temple University. Libby taught in the city of Philadelphia for an impressive 27 years, winning the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award in Philadelphia in 1987. She leaves behind a legacy of dedication to educational excellence in her students, and family, alike.
For Libby, learning extended far beyond the classroom. Libby and Bud traveled extensively, visiting 90 countries and all seven continents. They traveled frequently with their children and grandchildren, creating treasured memories for the entire family. She loved to explore and expand her worldview, and she filled her home with art and memories from their trips abroad.
When Libby and Bud reached their 80s, they moved to the Ann’s Choice community in Warminster, PA. But, Libby never stopped exploring, learning, or forging new connections. Her many friends at Ann’s Choice affectionately referred to her as “The Mayor.” She was extremely active in the rich and varied life of their new home.
Libby was magnetic — she so easily made and maintained friendships, new and old. Her love shined brightly on everyone within her orbit, and she had a unique ability to make those around her feel seen, special, and adored. Her infectious spirit and the steadfast love she shared will be missed by all.
Libby will be remembered by those who knew her for her passion, her constancy, and her life force. Her assertiveness, loyalty, and persistence were deeply rooted in her values, and she had a generosity of spirit that touched the hearts of everyone she encountered. She was unabashedly Libby, always. And, as the matriarch of the Blank family, she passed down these traits and values to her loved ones.
Libby is survived by her husband Bud, her brother Arnie, her sons Eric, Rob, and Jeff, her daughters-in-law Jill and Christina, and her six grandchildren, Nikki, Jake, Erin, Anna, Allie, and Sara. Libby was preceded in death by her beloved daughter-in-law, Nancy.
Libby loved to vigorously celebrate and honor those she held dear. Her family invites all who knew and loved her to join us in celebrating and honoring Libby and her extraordinary life.
Family and friends are invited to Funeral Service Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 11:30 AM precisely, Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael Sacks Suburban North, 310 2nd Street Pike, Southampton PA 18966. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Libby Blank to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Libby will forever be remembered as a beacon of light and love, and her legacy of love, warmth, and passion will continue to live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. May her memory be a blessing.