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ELIZABETH MARY, "Beth", of Philadelphia, PA passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on July 5, 2010 at the age of 50. Beth was born in Washington DC on August 13, 1959. Beth developed a great passion for the arts at an early age. Not only was she quite artistic, she also appreciated and study the history of art. Living near the Philadelphia Art Museum for over 25 years provided her great access to the arts, incredible restaurants and cafés, and an impressive group of friends. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA, completed her Master's program in Art History at Temple University, and was fluent in several languages, including sign. Beth's artistic detail was apart of everything she touched: Whether it was a party for family, friends, or a crowd of thousands - she created a spectacular, memorable, and meaningful event. Or if it was a baby blanket, necklace, pair of earrings, painting, sketch, set of napkin rings, or a cushy pillow, she made each piece a true work of art - and more importantly - a labor of love.
Beth's artistic talents, "joie de vive", and deep compassion for others served her well in her professional career as she embraced roles from caterer, to banquette manager at some of Philadelphia's finest hotels, and to her final role as a Membership Advisor at The Sporting Club at Bellevue.
At the end of the day and weekends, Beth spent much of her spare time volunteering for Women in Transition And as result of her care, concern, compassion - and ability to fundraise, Beth became a very valuable member of the Board of Directors for the organization. Beth had a wide circle of close friends from college and her time in Philadelphia. Those that were fortunate enough to know Beth enjoyed her lively spirit, engaging stories, quick wit and warm-hearted nature. She made friends quickly and kept solid friendships for years.
Family was very important to Beth. She loved to treat her eight nieces and nephews to fun days in Philadelphia. Beth is survived by her loving father, Leo F Hannon and predeceased by her loving mother, Marion Ryan Hannon of Wilmington, DE. Beth is also survived by her loving brother James Hannon and sister-in-law Debbie Hannon of Allentown NJ, her loving sister Patricia Barker and brother-in-law Carl Barker of Wilmington DE, and her loving sister Jane Hannon of Washington DC, her 8 loving nieces and nephews, her "rascally" dog Rascal, and her wonderful family of friends. A viewing will be held on Thursday July 8, 2010 from 6 to 8 P.M., at MCCRERY FUNERAL HOME, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE 19803. Funeral services and mass will be held on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 10 A.M. at St. Josephs on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Rd, Greenville, DE, 19807. Burial in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make contri-butions to Women in Transition, 21 S. 12th St, 6th Floor, Phila., PA 19107 or the Compassionate Care Foundation, 702 B Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808. Online condolences


Published on Philly.com on July 7, 2010
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