Mary Gav­i­gan Milita

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET -

Mary Gav­i­gan Milita, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Betty,” 89, of Langhorne, died Satur­day Oct. 13, 2012 at the At­tle­boro Nurs­ing Cen­ter in Langhorne.

Born in Vineland, N.J., daugh­ter of the late Wal­ter and Mary El­iz­a­beth Maguire Gav­i­gan, Betty for­merly resided in Morrisville and New­town be­fore mov­ing to At­tle­boro Re­tire­ment Vil­lage 11 years ago.

She en­joyed a ca­reer with New Jersey Bell Tele­phone Com­pany where she man­aged a team of op­er­a­tors in the 1940s and re­turned as an op­er­a­tor in the 1970s af­ter rais­ing her chil­dren.

Betty and her hus­band, Martin J. Milita, were among the ac­tive, found­ing par­ish­ioners of St. John the Evan­ge­list Church and School in Lower Makefield. There, she con­trib­uted in a range of ca­pac­i­ties, serv­ing as the third pres­i­dent of the Ladies of St. John’s, chair­ing the an­nual bazaar, and vol­un­teer­ing tire­lessly in the school and for nu­mer­ous spe­cial events.

She was a mem­ber and of­fi­cer of the Lower Makefield Women’s Club, a mem­ber of the New­town Civic and His­toric As­so­ci­a­tion, a vol­un­teer at Chan­dler Hall in New­town and a do­cent at the Court Inn, also in New­town.

Betty was an ex­tra­or­di­nary mother and grand­mother and friend to many. In ad­di­tion to de­vot­ing her­self to fam­ily, work, and community ser­vice, she was an avid bridge player, an­tique col­lec­tor, and reader.

Wife of the late Martin J. Milita, Betty is sur­vived by three lov­ing chil­dren, Mari­beth Reigner of Palm, Martin J. Milita Jr. of An­nan­dale, N.J., and Patricia M. Fos­ter of Med­field, Mass., their spouses, Peter h. Reigner, Janet D. Milita, and Gary F. Fos­ter, a brother, Wal­ter Gav­i­gan of Ocean City, N.J., and six ador­ing grand­chil­dren, Sarah Reigner Ma­son, Nathan P. Reigner, Sa­man­tha Milita Pitcher, Su­san­nah G. Fos­ter, Brian J. Fos­ter, and Olivia M. Fos­ter. Betty was the sis­ter of the late Joseph and Jack Gav­i­gan.

A Memo­rial Mass and Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 24 at St. John the Evan­ge­list Church, 752 Big Oak Road in Lower Makefield.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the At­tle­boro Re­tire­ment Community Schol­ar­ship Fund, 290 East Winch­ester Av­enue, Langhorne 19047.

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