Elizabeth (Bette) Jane Carew Rapp was born November 27, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. She attended elementary school through high school in Detroit and at-tended Michigan State University, class of 1944. Bette was married on April 8, 1944 to Harry W. Rapp, Jr. in Detroit. The couple have two children, Douglas William Rapp of New Haven, CT and Barbara Sue Rapp Kraatz of Escondido, CA. The family was transferred to Hartford, CT in 1954. Bette was a stay at home mother and housewife, Brownie leader, member of Eastern Star, Advisor to Rainbow Girls, member of DAR, Newington, CT chapter, docent at Connecticut Historical Society and she taught sewing at adult evening education. Since 1957, she was a member of the Rushlight Club, which is the earliest established organization for the study of one phase of antiquity embracing the study, collection, and education of early lighting devices. She served as Recording and Corresponding Secretary for many years, co-authored a book and gave lectures on early lighting. Bette served as guest curator for a major exhibit on lighting at the Wethersfield, CT Historical Society and Museum.
Bette and Harry moved to Bradenton, FL in 1990. She served as docent at The Gamble Plantation for 15 years, was a docent at the South Florida Museum, judge at the History Fair for 5 years, and served on the Election Board for several years.
She was a member of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton and went to be with the Lord on May 2, 2014. Bette is survived by her husband of 70 years and her two children. A private family service will be held at a future date.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 5, 2014