Eve Christine <I>Butterworth</I> Dibert


Eve Christine Butterworth Dibert

Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, USA
Death 27 Aug 1938 (aged 74)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 164216455 View Source

Second wife of John Dibert, foundry and lumber owner and New Orleans philanthropist. Mrs. Dibert was one of the most generous gifters of their fortune in New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune.
New Orleans, Louisiana
August 29, 1938
Page 1

Funeral Rites Conducted for Philanthropist Here.


Widely Known Benefactress of Many Institutions is Buried in Metairie.

Private funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Mrs. John Dibert, widely known New Orleans philanthropist, who died at 6: 05 p. m. Saturday, at her residence, 7444 St. Charles avenue after a lingering illness.

The Rev. Girault Jones, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal church, officiated at the final rites at the residence. Interment was in the family vault in Metairie Cemetery.

Mrs. Dibert for many years was active in various philanthropic movements here until she was stricken about three and a half years ago. The John Dibert Tuberculosis hospital was made possible through a gift from her and Hotel Dieu and the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat hospital are among the many other institutions she aided.

Mrs. Dibert, the former Miss Eve Christine Butterworth of Woodville, Miss., was married to Captain John Dibert in Orange, Tex., in January, 1884. They resided for a time in Lutcher before coming to New Orleans 35 years ago.

Care for Pair.

Captain Dibert was a wealthy business man, engaging in the lumber and banking business and other enterprises. He died here in June, 1912.

Mrs. Dibert always resided at the St. Charles avenue address during her 35 years in New Orleans. She and Captain Dibert had no children of their own but took into their care and reared, without formal adoption, two children of Mr. and Mrs. George Ballard after the death of their mother [Eve's sister, Charlotte Clare Butterworth Ballard.]

They are Mrs. Claibourne Andrews, New Orleans, and Mrs. Gwyer Yates, Omaha, Neb.

During the past 20 years Mrs. R. J. Little resided with Mrs. Dibert and was her closest companion. The nearest surviving relative of Mrs. Dibert is a nephew, Bruce Butterworth, of New Orleans.

Active Until Illness.

Mrs. Dibert, a daughter of the late Henry James Butterworth and Mrs. Alice Sophia Smith Butterworth, was a frequent contributor to flood relief work. During the influenza epidemic here during the World war she was the donor of several ambulances to Charity hospital.

Until her illness Mrs. Dibert was active in the work of various institutions here. She was a member of the board of directors of the New Orleans Dispensary for Women and Children and of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat hospital. She made contributions to the Volunteers of America and the Lighthouse for the Blind.

Mrs. Dibert was a member of the board of directors of the Interstate Trust and Banking Company, now in liquidation.

Donates Hospital.

Known philanthropies of Mrs. Dibert are estimated to have represented cash donations of around $2,000,000.

Abut 20 years ago she set aside $303,000 in trust for the city of New Orleans for a tuberculosis hospital. This amount had grown to #60,000 in 1922, but there were difficulties in obtaining a site until the project was turned over to Charity hospital. The hospital bought a tract of land bounded by Claiborne and Tulane avenues and Gravier and Magnolia streets at a cost of $160,000, and the building, now known as the John Dilbert Tuberculosis Hospital, was completed late in 1926 at a total cost of $450,000, including $9000 kitchen and $25,000 worth of equipment.

On the same tract was built, through a later gift by Mrs. Dibert, a residence for the Sisters of Charity associated with Charity Hospital, at a cost of $175,000. It replaced a structure which had been standing since 1848.

During the World war, Mrs. Dibert founded and equipped, at a cost of $100,000, the Loyola Unite Base hospital, which saw service in Italy. She later was decorated by the king of Italy for this work.

Hope Haven received $200,000 as a gift from Mrs. Dibert.

In 1922, the John Dibert school, on the square bounded by Solomon, Orleans, Hennessey and St. Ann streets, named for Mrs. Dibert's husband in tribute to his efforts for civic improvement, and given to the public school system by his widow was dedicated. A painting of Mr. Dibert was presented to the school by her.

Clears Clinic Debt.

In the same year Mrs. Dibert made the first of series of gifts to the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat hospital which are said to have aggregated $300,000. The first donation of $100,000 was designed to adjust the institution's debts and put it on a self-sustaining basis.

Mrs. Dibert gave St. Andrew's Episcopal church $5000 in 1923 for the purchase of a new organ.

She contributed $400,000 toward the cost of the John Dibert Memorial building fronting Hotel Dieu, which was dedicated November 30, 1924. This structure cost $1,000,000 and had accommodations for 286 patients.

Mrs. Dibert was awarded The Times-Picayune loving cup for most distinguished, unselfish effort for the public good for 1917; and in 1932 she was awarded the Bene Merenti medal, papal decoration, presented to her by Archbishop Shaw, in recognition of her service to Catholic institutions. She was the first non-Catholic woman to receive such an award.

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