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Elizabeth Pickens

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Elizabeth Pickens Obituary
Pickens, Elizabeth
1922 - 2017
Elizabeth "Betty" Crosby Pickens, 95, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 24, 1922. She passed away in Middleport, Ohio on July 24, 2017. She is survived by her son and daugher-in-law, Ray and Patty (Goeglein) Pickens; granddaughters, Nichola (Anthony) Moretti, Noelle (Jason) Sheets, and Nancy Pickens; great grandchildren, Dominic Moretti, Nicholas Moretti, Quentin Sheets, and Nyla Sheets; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and brothers Ralph, Rae (Davies), Richard and Allan. During World War II, Betty was a member of the Civilian Air Patrol and the United States Navy. Betty held a Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in mathematics from Marshall College. She spent her professional life in education, acting as both a teacher (Wahama (WV), Kirksville (MO), Dayton (OH), Middleport (OH), and Columbus (OH) Public Schools) and a principal (Middleport (OH)). She served on Columbus Public School's union negotiating board and was extremely proud of the progress they made for both teachers and education. She served her community on her church governing board for Grace United Church of Christ (Shady Lane, Columbus, OH), on her condo board (Yorkshire Village Lane, Columbus, OH), as a member of the National Education Association (where she was a delegate to the representative assembly for about 10 years) and in the Ohio Education Association. She belonged to the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Garden Club, and Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Middleport where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was a charter member and first president of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teachers' sorority. She helped organize Teachers for Better Schools (the Columbus Education Association's political action committee) and served there until her retirement. She was one of the Columbus representatives to the Metro EPAC (which interviewed political hopefuls in greater Columbus and recommended those who they believed would be good for education). Betty gave countless hours as a volunteer to Columbus Public Libraries and was a Campfire Girl. An intelligent and voracious reader, she enjoyed correspondence with far-flung friends and loved ones, remembering birthdays and sharing family lore. As a retirement project, she wrote an as-yet-unpublished book. "Our Stories," in which she traced her family's genealogy and migration back as far as the year 1466. For this project she learned to use a personal computer and helped her grandchildren learn to use it as well. She traveled extensively and was interested in the progress technology made in her lifetime. She often pointed out that her first Christmas tree had candles on it and as a child she had ridden in a sleigh to her grandparent's home, but she had later ridden on the supersonic jet, Concorde. She shared her inquisitive approach to her faith, her love of fiction, and her patient grace with her family. She will be sorely missed. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 3 p.m. with Pastor Dodger Vaughan officiating at ANDERSON-McDaniel FUNERAL HOME in Pomeroy. Burial will be in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visiting hours will be on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 26, 2017
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