Elizabeth Ann Whritenor, 85, of Port Ewen
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.