Elizabeth Louise (Betty) Meek

Obituary
  • "Sorry to read about the passing of Betty. She loved her..."
    - Beverly King

Elizabeth Louise (Betty) Meek November 27, 1924 July 7, 2014 Elizabeth Louise "Bet- ty" Meek, 89, of Epworth Manor, Tyrone, formerly of Philip- sburg, Osceola Mills and Sandy Ridge, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Tyrone Hospital. Born November 27, 1924, in Tyrone, the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Young) Magill. On May 10, 1941, in Winchester, Va., she married Christy "Buck" Meek who died November 10, 1987. She was a member of the Tyrone High School class of 1942. Betty attended classes part-time relative to her career at Penn State. She was a member of First Church of Christ, Philipsburg and St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Sandy Ridge and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mountain Top Fire Co., Sandy Ridge. Betty's passions in life were her faith, family and music. A self-taught pianist, organist, and music director, she served the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sandy Ridge for more than three decades. In addition, Betty was the "go to" musician in town for weddings, funerals, revivals and special events. Her children were so proud that she volunteered her talents to the Sandy Ridge Elementary School for various musical programs during Christmas and special events. During the next two decades, Betty served as deaconess, organist and choir director at the First Church of Christ in Philipsburg. Betty retired from Penn State University as the administrative assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher Education for Dr. Kenneth Mortimer who later became the President of the University of Hawaii. Previously, she started her career at the Department of Purchases as senior clerk. Also, later in life, Betty kept busy working part-time for Dr. Conrad Agra (Osceola Mills) and then Dr. Renee Gehrig (Chester Hill). In addition to volunteering at the Philipsburg Hospital, Betty was a caring person who provided transportation for anyone in need to appointments and church. She was always available for home care and comfort to family and friends. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was a faithful reader to a blind neighbor at the Philipsburg Towers until she herself began to develop dementia. Betty and Buck loved their children and grandchildren dearly and hosted them weekly for "Sunday Dinner" - an expected family bonding experience for everyone. She carried on this family tradition after Buck's untimely death in 1987 - well into the 90s. The memories provided through her love will last a lifetime. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two infant children, Frank Christy Meek and Nancy Ann Meek; four sisters, Marjorie Wood, Gloria Magill, Grace Gunsallus and Joan Decker; three brothers, William Magill, Frank Magill, Jr. and Edwin Magill, Sr.; and a son-in-law, Lawrence "Larry" Woods. She is survived by two daughters, Margaret J. Woods, of Philipsburg and Christine L. Templeton and her husband, Thomas Templeton, of State College; one son, Robert J. Meek and his wife, Judy Meek, of Sandy Ridge; one sister, Jean Iddings, of Tyrone; one brother, Albert Magill and his wife, Peg Magill, of Shiremanstown; seven grandchildren, Cheri and Ken Woll, Valerie and John Moore, Laurie and Rick Slebodnik, Amy and Jereme Weaver, Natalie Monoskey, Larry and Dawn Woods and Krista Templeton; 17 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty's family wishes to thank both the Epworth Manor and Tyrone Hospital staffs for their excellent and loving care. A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Sandy Ridge with Pastor Mark Thumma officiating. Burial will be in Philipsburg Cemetery. At the request of Betty, there will be no viewing. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul's United Methodist Church c/o Virginia Snyder, Box 3, Sandy Ridge, PA 16677. Heath Funeral Home in Osceola Mills is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook go to www.heathfuneral.com
Funeral Home
Heath Funeral Home
701 Lingle St Osceola Mills, PA 16666
(814) 339-6543
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Published in Centre Daily Times on July 10, 2014
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