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Elizabeth Auld

Elizabeth Jean "Betty" Auld

Sunday, December 20th, 1925 - Monday, April 27th, 2020
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Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Auld (nee Hartung), of Ivyland, PA, was born December 20th 1925 in Tamaqua, PA, and died on April 27th 2020 at age 94.

Elizabeth was married to William N. Auld, who predeceased her in 1997. Elizabeth is survived by her three loving children Christina Kadri (Ben) of Pipersville, PA, Steven Auld (Amy) of Furlong, PA, and Karen Weaver (Leon) of West Redding, CT, eight grandchildren (Brian, Emily, Grace, William, Thomas, Liam, Elizabeth and Caroline) and four great-grandchildren (Logan, Liana, Wyatt, and Alexandra). She is also survived by her brother, Edgar Hartung, and by her long time caregiver and friend, Amy Lewis.

Although Betty was born a frail baby of less than 5 pounds, with a shortened arm and without a thumb on her right hand, she never considered herself disabled in any way. She went bravely out into the world on her own, at a time when few women went to college, got her Master’s degree and went on to teach high school Chemistry. She met and married Bill in 1955 and was his doting wife of forty-two years. Her one regret, she often said, was not letting Bill eat his dessert first.

She was a great Mom who liked indulging her children, whether it was buying a fur-trimmed coat for her fourth-grade daughter, letting her kids test her taste buds for a science experiment, or helping them study SAT vocabulary by posting new words on the refrigerator. For decades she made family dinners every night without fail for 6 o’clock sharp (Rolling Rock mini in hand). She was a good cook who encouraged her children to learn and was gracious about some of their less successful attempts.

Betty also had a great sense of adventure and enjoyed travel with her family, be it camping trips in a van, Caribbean cruises, or trips with her grown children to Europe. She especially treasured her 1970’s trip to the Soviet Union with Neshaminy High School students, where she bartered blue jeans for caviar. She was a strong Scrabble Player and usually finished the Sunday crossword by Monday. She didn’t anger easily and she always found something to laugh about. She will be dearly missed by her family but her spirit, her sayings, and her stuffing recipe, will live on in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
Elizabeth was laid to rest in a small ceremony at Neshaminy Warwick Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to UNICEF.
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