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ELIZABETH G. DAILEY


DAILEY ELIZABETH G. DAILEY "Betty" On August 8, 2013, Betty Dailey, born Gisela Claus, died peacefully at her home at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads at the age of 94. She was born January 25, 1919 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Dr. Martin Claus and Elizabeth K. Burchard Claus. After receiving her Abitur degree, she studied photography and graduated from the Lette-Verein Photography School in Berlin, beginning a love of this art form which sustained her throughout her long and challenging life. In 1952, Betty immigrated to Toronto, Canada. The following year she resettled in Arlington, Virginia where she was joined by her mother and two daughters and resided for the next 60 years. She became a U.S. citizen in 1958. She launched her work career at Capital Airlines, followed by success in the insurance business (Lindgren & Lupton Associates; Bill Werber Insurance) and later in association management for many years, finally retiring from Time-Life Books in 1983. In retirement, she pursued her passions for photography and teaching and helping new arrivals in her adoptive land by teaching ESL classes in Arlington County for 15 years, never missing a class. She will be remembered as a kind, strong, resourceful, and independent woman whose aim was always to take care of her family. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Wagner, son-in-law George, granddaughter Elizabeth Voyatzis and husband Howard Bass, and great-grandchildren Dillon and twins Sonia and Ally, all of Arlington, Va. She was predeceased by her daughter Godula E. Brendel in 1996, and a sister Elizabeth Wienke and niece, Helga. Her marriages to Dr. Gerhard Brendel and Herbert W. Dailey ended in divorce. A remembrance of Betty's life will be held at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson Street, Falls Church, VA. 22041, on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Goodwin House Foundation, at the address listed above. For more information, please call (703) 578-7224. A remembrance of Betty's life will be held at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S. Jefferson Street, Falls Church, VA. 22041, on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Goodwin House Foundation, at the address listed above. For more information, please call (703) 578-7224.


Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2013
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