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MARSHALL BETTE JANE SCHEINER MARSHALL On Thursday, January 3, 2013, BETTE JANE MARSHALL, of Laytonsville, MD, holy and devout servant of God, returned unto His Kingdom and eternal peace at the age of 89 following a fall on December 13, 2012. She was born Elizabeth Jane Schreiner, on All Saints Day, November 1, 1923 in Firesteel, South Dakota to Peter Vincent and Mary Agnes "Marie" Heneberry Ellis Schreiner. She survived her siblings, Pauline, Francis, Patricia, Joseph and Peter; as well as her half-siblings, Margaret and Chalmers Ellis. She married Earl Leon Marshall in Newport News, VA on November 13, 1945. Shortly thereafter, they moved to the Washington, DC, area and together raised 15 children. She lived on her cherished 40-acre farm in Laytonsville, MD from 1955 to present. Bette was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Earl, on June 11, 2003, and her sweet second eldest daughter, Michelle Diane Marshall Baluch, on February 13, 2010. She was a founding member of St. Paul's Catholic Parish in Damascus, MD, and remained a member throughout her lifetime. She was a daily communicant, a member of Catholic Daughters and also attended services and rosaries at St. John Neumann in Goshen, MD. Following the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Ruling, she became very active through the Catholic Church as a supporter of the Right to Life movement. In was her latter years she travelled with daughter, Andrea, to Rome and was in audience with the Pope John Paul II; pilgrimaged to Our Lady of Medugorje (also called Queen of Peace) in Croatia; and, in 2005 sent Christmas cards to her family from Bethlehem. Her final trip was to Mexico City with her daughter, Michelle, on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December, 2007. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Bette was an active citizen and an entrepreneur. In the late 1970's she changed her legal name from Elizabeth to Bette and ran for Maryland State legislature as an Independent. Together with Earl, they owned and operated Yesteryear Farms Antique Village on their farmette in Laytonsville, MD from 1965 to 1999. In 1974, she was a founding member of the Antique Dealers Association of Maryland. Family gatherings, particularly at "The Farm", fed her soul with great joy. Bette is dearly beloved, cherished and will be celebrated and sadly mourned by a large and loving family of 14 children, 34 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Surviving children are Sherryl Marshall (Russ Lawton), Rockville, MD, Shawn (Dorothy) Marshall, Hardy, VA, Denise (Bruce) Brizendine, Silver Spring, MD, Deneen (Gary) Martin, Gaithersburg, MD, Kevin (Christine) Marshall, Westminster, MD, Noel Marshall (Bob Warner), Church Hill, TN, Brian (Nancy) Marshall, Gaithersburg, MD, Terrence (Cristina) Marshall, Highland, MD, Andrea Marshall-Chite (Fred Chite), Damascus, MD, Kelly Kelley, Laytonsville, MD, Erin "Butch" (Carol) Marshall, Laytonsville, MD, Renee (Mark) Csintyan, Madisonville, LA, Monique (Shelly) Fenlon, Dayton, MD and Timothy (Kelly) Marshall, Olney, MD. She also had many, many others that loved her as their honorary "Mom" - perhaps you're one of them. All Are Welcome. A visitation will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9240 Damascus Rd., Damascus, MD on Monday, January 7, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, January 8, 10 to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's, followed by interment at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery, 11701 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MD. A celebration of Bette's life will be held at the American Legion Hall, 10201 Lewis Drive, Damascus, MD at 2 p.m. The Marshall family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to St. Paul's Catholic Church. Arrangements by Molesworth - Williams, P.A., Funeral Home, Damascus, MD.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 6, 2013