Marilyn K. Limbird was one of those people who was "casual" about returning books to the Bexley Public Library.

Marilyn K. Limbird was one of those people who was "casual" about returning books to the Bexley Public Library.

An avid library user, she regularly called on the library's reference desk for assistance with research.

Today the library isn't worried about any overdue books she may have had over the years.

When Limbird died at the age of 63 on April 13, 2010, she left her home at 3143 Fair Ave. and the remainder of her estate to the Bexley Public Library.

The house was sold on July 14, 2011, for $132,000. The library will use the proceeds of the sale for building repairs and other capital expenses. The library will receive the remainder of Limbird's estate once this figure is determined.

"My sister wanted to do good," said her brother, William R. (Bill) Davy. " For years Kay struggled with what to do with her money when she died. She wrote her will at the last minute, and the library was the one organization that met her criteria. She wanted to support an organization that had permanent value by helping others help themselves."

Limbird spent her professional and personal life helping others as an occupational therapist and literacy volunteer.

Rachel Rubin, director of the Bexley Public Library, said the library board appreciates Limbird's gift.

"We are honored that Ms. Limbird believed so strongly in Bexley Public Library's role in the community," Rubin said. "We will use her donation to make some necessary improvements and updates to the library building. Mr. Davy has given us some great ideas on how to acknowledge Ms. Limbird's gift to the library, including recognition in the book return area in memory of her 'casual' book return habits."

Davy said his sister had a gift for working with people who faced serious challenges. During her 25 years as an occupational therapist at Mt. Carmel East Hospital and 10 years at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown as head of Occupational therapy, she taught her patients to cope with their problems and learn to take care of themselves. Limbird used that gift to help adults learn to read through her work with the Columbus Literacy Council.

Limbird graduated from Columbus South High School in 1964 and Ohio State University in 1972.

Her gift will help Bexley Public Library continue its mission to enlighten, engage, and inspire a community of lifelong learners, Rubin said.

Questions about giving to the library should be directed to Mackenzie Betts, community relations coordinator (mbetts@bexleylibrary.org, 614-545-6941).