El­iz­a­beth Ann Whritenor, 85, of Port Ewen

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

El­iz­a­beth Ann Whritenor of Riverview, for­merly of Gar­den Court, in Saugerties, passed away af­ter long ill­ness on Mon­day, Oct. 24, 2016.

Born in Ne­wark, N.J., on Nov. 2, 1930, Betty grew up with her par­ents, Mau­rice and Olive, and sis­ter Janet (Kep­pler) Beavers in South Or­ange N.J. Af­ter at­tend­ing South Or­ange High School and earn­ing a sec­re­tar­ial de­gree from Berkley Col­lege, she worked as an ad­min­is­tra­tor for GM in Har­ri­son, N.J. It was there that, on a dou­ble date with an­other suitor, she met her fu­ture hus­band, John. Need­less to say, the other suitor was quickly for­got­ten. John and Betty were mar­ried on Sept. 20, 1953, and lived in New Jersey, Mem­phis, and Jack­sonville, Fla., dur­ing John’s naval ca­reer be­fore set­tling down in Saugerties, N.Y., with their two chil­dren, Karen and James. Betty’s ca­reer as a wife and mother was very pre­cious and ful­fill­ing to her. She was an avid gar­dener and was in­volved in Women’s So­ci­ety as well as the Saugerties So­ci­ety of Lit­tle Gar­dens, where she was awarded with many rib­bons for flower ar­rang­ing in their shows. In 1971, the Whritenor fam­ily had a pro­found ex­pe­ri­ence with God, which led to Betty and John serv­ing the mem­bers of Saugerties Chris­tian Fel­low­ship for the next 35 years, start­ing a weekly youth group in their home, pro­vid­ing per­sonal and mar­riage coun­sel­ing for many cou­ples, and shar­ing, pray­ing and teach­ing about God at weekly fel­low­ship meet­ings in their home. Betty was a faith­ful friend, sec­ond mother and con­fi­dante to many in the Saugerties/Kingston area, even tak­ing sev­eral young ladies into her and John’s home to help them re­build their lives. She kept in touch with many of them to this day. Betty’s se­cret to life? She sought God daily, prayed earnestly for all, and shared God’s love with any­one who would lis­ten.

Betty is sur­vived by her hus­band of 63 years, John Whritenor; daugh­ter, Karen Cad­den and son-in-law Bill; and her son, James Whritenor and daugh­ter-in-law Ja­nis. She also leaves be­hind five grand­chil­dren: Jennifer Sauer, Laura Far­rell, Suzanne Cad­den, Ethan Whritenor, Carly Whritenor; and five great­grand­chil­dren: Si­enna, Everly, Cam­den, Ryan and Quinn. Betty dearly loved her fam­ily and counted her time with them all as a pre­cious gift.

Her funeral ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day at Sea­mon-Wilsey Funeral Home Inc., cor­ner of John and Lafayette streets. In­ter­ment will fol­low in Blue Moun­tain Ceme­tery. Friends will be re­ceived Thurs­day from 7 to 9 p.m. and Fri­day from 9 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a tax de­ductible do­na­tion for her grand­niece, Caitlin Stiefel, who cares for needy chil­dren in ar­eas of the world hit hard by war and strife by help­ing to take care of their day-to-day needs and show­er­ing them with God’s love. Do­na­tions can be made to: Modern Day, P.O. Box 535578, Grand Prairie, Texas 75053. Please in­clude a note on a sep­a­rate piece of pa­per not­ing the do­na­tion is di­rected to Caitlin Stiefel.

Ex­pres­sions of con­do­lence may also be shared with the fam­ily at Sea­monWilseyFuner­alHome.com.

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