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Elizabeth S. Borland

AGE: 64 • Lake Ridge, Va

Elizabeth S. "Betty" Borland, 64, passed away on November 1, 2012, at her home in Lake Ridge, VA. The eldest daughter of Gregory and Rose Stagliano, Betty was born in Camden, NJ and raised in Berlin, NJ. She attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, graduating in 1970. After graduation, she found her life-long calling and passion - to teach our youngsters in their earliest and most formative years. She went on to teach children at schools in Odessa, MO; Berlin, NJ; Tuckerton, NJ; and Manassas, VA. In 1981, Betty continued her own education, by earning a Master of Education degree at George Mason University, specializing in remedial reading, and by earning a certificate in Shakespearean Studies from Oxford University in London, England. She went on to teach remedial reading in Manassas (R.C. Haydon Elementary School) and Prince William County (Westridge Elementary). Betty retired from teaching in 2003, but continued to work in the field, sharing her knowledge and passion with other teachers. Betty believed that teachers truly do "touch the future."

Betty is preceded in death by her father, Gregory "Jake" Stagliano. She is survived by her husband, David Borland. Also surviving are Betty's mother, Rose Stagliano, of Berlin, NJ; five sisters - RoseMarie (Ralph) Capaccio, of Hammonton, NJ; Diane (Anthony) Tomasello, of Hammonton, NJ; JoAnn (Richard) Dickstein, of Medford, NJ; MaryLou (Patrick) Spencer, of Sewell, NJ; and Debbie (Rick) Stevenson, of West Berlin, NJ; and a brother, Gregory Stagliano, of Manassas, VA. She will be remembered with love by her mother-in-law, Sally Borland, of St. Petersburg, FL; and her "other" brothers and sisters - Jack (Donna) Borland, of Houston, TX; Barbara (Lennard) Collins, of St. Petersburg, FL; Kitsy (Scott) Magrann, of Haddonfield, NJ; and Gregory (Anne) Borland, of Hoover, AL. She will be remembered as a very special and beloved aunt to her 17 nieces and nephews, of whom she was so very proud. She also leaves behind a host of other family and friends. Not surprisingly, given her vocation, Betty was a voracious reader.

She was an avid golfer, sailor, jogger and tennis player before Multiple Sclerosis made these activities difficult and, eventually, impossible. Despite her physical challenges, she remained active with her Book Club, and with many activities that centered on her family and friends. In her later years, Betty derived great pleasure from handcrafting scrapbooks and greeting cards for her large and loving circle of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that remembrances of Betty be made through contributions to the charity of the donor's choosing.

Published in Courier-Post on Nov. 4, 2012
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