Elizabeth Nan Prielipp, 73, of Salina, Kan., died passed away in the late morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
Beth, as she preferred to be called, was born Elizabeth Nan Oberg on July 2, 1940, the only child of Waldine M. Oberg and Fay M. Oberg. She spent her formative years in Quincy, graduating from Quincy High School in 1958. She was a loyal fan of the Quincy Blue Devils and the loyalty was extended to the Duke Blue Devils.
Upon graduating from high school she continued her education by attending Illinois State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics teaching 1962. She then taught mathematics in Illinois high schools until 1968. Opting to further her education at that time she received an NSF AYI grant and returned to the classroom at the University of Oregon in Eugene where she met her husband to be, Ronald W. Prielipp. After graduating in 1969 with a master's degree she returned to Illinois to teach high school mathematics in the Chicago suburbs for a year.
Beth and Ron were married June 20, 1970 and they settled in Eugene, Ore., as Ron continued his pursuit of a Ph.D. Beth held several jobs as Ron studied, working for Oregon State Children Services, a shoe store, and ultimately taught a couple of years in the math department at the University of Oregon. In 1976 the Prielipps moved to Salina, when Ron accepted a job at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.
As a couple Beth and Ron became active collectors gathering substantial collections of Belleek Irish Parian china and glass paperweights. Their collecting spread to other items as well as with treasures found at local and Internet auctions. Joining collectors groups for Belleek (BCIS) and paperweights (PCA) enhanced their collecting habits and knowledge of collectibles.
Retirement didn't cease the collecting bug. Local auctions became social events, educational events and led to their collectables being extended.
Beth is survived by her husband Ron and three cousins along with friends, students and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, two brother-in-laws, and eight aunts and uncles.
SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation rites were accorded.
VISITATION: There will be no visitation.
MEMORIALS: Salina Animal Shelter in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina, KS 67401
ARRANGEMENTS: Ryan Mortuary, Salina, Kan.