Elizabeth Madden Jenkins DeHardit
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GLOUCESTER - Elizabeth Madden Jenkins DeHardit "Betty", 88, of Gloucester, Virginia, died Sunday, November 24, 2013. Betty's life began on April 2, 1925 in the first-floor bedroom of "Clayebank" to the late author William Fitzgerald (Murray Leinster) and Mary Mandola Jenkins in Gloucester, Virginia. When her older sister, Mary began class instruction at home by Miss Margaret Muse - Betty became her classmate, three years her senior. Betty graduated from Botetourt High School in 1940 and because she was only 15 at the time, she became a student at the Collegiate School in Richmond. The Jenkins returned to New York when the War began and Betty enrolled at Columbia. She transferred to Adelphi University to become a student of the renown Hanya Holmes-founder of modern dance-and received a BA in Fine Arts and Dance from the Adelphi College in 1947. Upon graduation, she became Assistant Director of Adelphi University's Children's Theatre. In 1957, she resigned from her job with Blue Cross, Blue Shield in New York and moved to Gloucester to wed Gazette Journal editor William M. "Bill" DeHardit. Betty became a caseworker-in-charge of the Gloucester Social Services. When they started their family, she joined Bill-who had then founded the Glo-Quips, a biweekly newspaper focused on the history of Gloucester County. She became Editor and Publisher following Bill's death in 2011. Throughout her adult life, Betty was known for her commitment to the promotion and historical preservation of Gloucester history. Ivor Noel Hume, former director of Colonial Williamsburg archaeological research program acknowledged her "valuable historical information as well as for her constant and vigorous assistance" in Excavations at Clay Bank. The Gloucester Board of Supervisors honored her with as a lifetime membership of the Gloucester Historical Committee for her role in establishing "the foundation of the future of the Committee." Betty was a charter member and its first Chairman. Betty and Bill, along with their daughter, founded the Princess Pocahontas Foundation and the Pocahontas Museum and enjoyed their visitors both young and old throughout the years. In addition, to her interests in history, she also served on the Dragon Run Committee and the Horse Racing Committee. Betty is survived by her only child: Elizabeth DeHardit Richardson and her husband Kenny, of Gloucester. She also is survived by three grandchildren: Amy Richardson and her fiancé Tom Moyer of Washington, DC, Katherine Richardson of Richmond, VA and Alexandra Richardson of Gloucester, Va. She also is survived by two sisters, Billee Stallings of Moorestown, New Jersey and Jo-An Evans of Dulwich, England along with many nieces, nephews and friends. A private memorial service and burial will be held at "Clayebank." Hogg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Daily Press on Dec. 1, 2013.
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December 7, 2013
Liz and I are so sorry for the loss of your Mother and we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill and Liz Whitley
December 6, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss of you mother. Mrs.Betty was one of the most interesting people I've ever met. Although having not known her for long, her grace was so obvious. It was a joy to listen to the stories of her life as I kept her company. The loss of a loved one is nothing words simply cannot mend, but I hope it brings your family comfort to know so many are thinking of you all.
Heather Bonniville
December 4, 2013
Beth, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with the passing of your Mother. She was such a wonderful and friendly person. She leaves a great legacy behind.

Peggy Douglas
Hayes, Va
December 3, 2013
Beth and Kenny,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Ellie Galloway and the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
December 2, 2013
Dear Beth & Family,

Sorry for the loss of your "Mother". Keep the faith & God will give you the strength to get though this sad time.
You are in my prayers.

Emily Sue Jones
Emily Sue Jones
December 2, 2013

Heaven has gained a wonderful new Angel, she will be missed but all of her wonderful memories will be with you always.
Tammy Shackelford
December 2, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ed Elmore
December 1, 2013
Her passing is a loss not just for her family but for our entire community. - Zack Loesch
December 1, 2013
I will always remember your dear Mother and feel very fortunate to have spent many good times with her....May the love of family & friends comfort & strengthen you all in the days ahead.
Susan Smith
December 1, 2013
My thoughts are with you Beth and your entire family.
Wanda Fary
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