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Alta Marguerite Libby

May 5, 1925 ~ March 14, 2018 (age 92)

Alta Marguerite Libby, of Hingham, passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the age of 92.

Alta spent much of her childhood at Worlds End Farm where her uncle was Foreman for the Brewer Estate. She was a graduate of Hingham High School, class of 1942 and the Fay School of Boston, class of 1944.

Ms. Libby had a career of 34 years with United Fruit and its Subsidiary - Tropical Radio Telegraph Company as a member of the Engineering Dept. at the time the Company was converting its communications system from Morse code to radio teleprinters, then to microwave dish.

Following completion of the modernization program she served as an International teletype operator until the Hingham station was closed and the operation transferred to New Orleans. She then became Secretary to Director of the UFCO's Great White Fleet. From that position she became Executive Secretary to Group Vice President of United Fruit North America Subsidiaries and later prepared the manuscripts for the publishing of his four books on Management. Her last position for United Fruit was Administrative Assistant to the VP/Director of Audit and Controls prior to the Company's move to New York City and then Cincinnati.

Ms. Libby then joined Cabot Corp. as Executive Secretary to VP Special Blacks Division.

For many years an active member of the First Baptist Church of Hingham, Sunday School Teacher, Youth worker and Member of the Finance Committee and Choir. She had a continuing active interest in both Gordon College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

She was a Charter Member of the Hingham Junior Woman’s Club and one of the small group of citizens responsible for the establishment of the New Town Hall on Central Street.

She enjoyed all types of music, reading and international travel, as well as the birds and wild animals she fed in her back yard including wild turkeys, raccoons, pheasant and foxes.

In 2000 Ms. Libby visited Cornwall, England to see where the Libby family sailed from in 1635 aboard the "Hercules", settling in Scarboro, Maine. Once a year Libby’s from all over the country gather as the John Libby Family Association.

On her maternal side, she is the Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Ralph Farnham the last survivor of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Mr. Farnham was honored by the Historical Society of Boston on his 106 birthday.

A funeral service will be held at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond Street Hingham, on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held in Hingham Cemetery immediately following the service.

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