Carmelita F. Biggie, 88, speech pathologist and volunteer

Carmelita F. Biggie
Carmelita F. Biggie
Posted: June 18, 2014

Carmelita F. Biggie, 88, formerly of Rosemont, a speech pathologist and active volunteer, died of heart failure Thursday, June 5, in a hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

Mrs. Biggie worked as a speech pathologist at the Timothy School in Bryn Mawr from 1965 to 1973, but she was best known for her many volunteer activities, especially when a need was expressed by an individual or organization.

"Her response was always, 'How can we help?' " said her daughter, Sara Fanning.

For 35 years, she ran the annual art show for Daylesford Abbey, a Norbertine religious community in Paoli. She also started art shows at the Rosemont School of the Holy Child, the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, and the Philadelphia Country Club.

Mrs. Biggie was chairman of the board at the School of the Holy Child and the Academy of Notre Dame. She served on numerous development boards and committees over the last 50 years, including the Philadelphia Chapter of the University of Michigan Alumni and Archmere Academy in Delaware. As a board member of the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, she established endowment grants for both the Curtis Institute of Music Conducting Program and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, she graduated from Kenmore High School and the University of Michigan with a bachelor of science degree in 1946 and a master of science degree in 1948.

Her daughter described Mrs. Biggie as very quiet, but strong. "In a quiet manner, she got many, many things done. She was definitely a real lady," she said.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Biggie is survived by three other daughters, Carmelita Nussbaum, Amelia Foltz, and Amanda Langford; a son, Mark; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Her husband, James, died in 1986.

A memorial service will be held at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli, Pa. 19301. Donations may be made to that address.


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