A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Home Economics, Betty was active in the American Association of University Women, Engineering Wives, and was Woman of the Year for the Norman Jaycee Jaynes. Her pursuit of a Master’s Degree was interrupted when she returned to Pennsylvania to care for her mother during her battle with cancer. While there, she continued her schooling at College Misericordia where, after receiving a degree in Gerontology, she worked for Catholic Social Services as Assistant Director of Project HEAD (Helping Elderly Adults Direct), was a counselor to the elderly and served on the Board of the Area Agency on Aging.
Betty has two children, Debby, a graduate of Oklahoma University who resides in Boulder, Colorado, and a son Don, a graduate of the University of Dallas who resides in Taipei, Taiwan and is married to a lovely Taiwanese girl, May. Betty’s pride is her granddaughter Coral, a senior in college in Durango CO.
Betty also has four stepchildren, five step granddaughters and two step great grandsons and a step great granddaughter.
A founding member of PAWS, Betty was honored as Woman of the Year in 2004. Other charities include Royal Dames of Cancer where she served on the Board for 14 years, T.A.B.E.C., HANDY, The Pyramid Society, American Cancer Society 1000+ club, Lupus, SPARK and BSAC. In 2001 the Fort Lauderdale Philharmonic Society honored her as Woman of Substance & Style.
Betty’s sense of adventure and love of travel has taken her all over the world. Her love of photography and volunteer work led her to act as Vice President of many organizations that presently include Bonnet House Alliance, Cystic Fibrosis, Symphony of the Americas Society and The Opera Society.
An avid physical fitness advocate, Betty is involved in weight training, and is a certified Personal Trainer. She was featured in the Sun Sentinel’s Profiles in Fitness relating how fitness played a huge role in her recovery from two major strokes.
Betty’s beautiful gardens where she grows her own herbs provide a place of tranquility and peace. An avid environmentalist, Betty can be found saving baby turtles during the nesting season.
Betty’s greatest satisfaction comes from caring and sharing life’s experience with family and friends, enriching their lives through the experience.