Elizabeth Quackenbush
1920 - 2021
Quackenbush , Elizabeth 3/10/1920 - 9/14/2021 Quackenbush, Elizabeth C. Died peacefully at age 101 on September 14, 2021, at Glacier Hills in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Betty was born on March 10, 1920, in Alma, Michigan. She was the first of two children born to Edwin and Charlotte (Smith) Hasse. She graduated in 1938 from Jackson High School and earned a BA in Education in 1942 from the University of Michigan. Leland Quackenbush and Betty met as youngsters and were married in 1942, celebrating 66 years of marriage in 2008. Lifelong friends from Jackson and Ann Arbor enhanced their lives. Betty and Leland remained in Michigan after college in Highland Park and Dearborn. They lived in Ann Arbor since 1957 where Leland was on the UM Mechanical Engineering faculty. Betty dedicated her life to enriching the lives of others. She was a scout leader, volunteered at the UM International Center and the Ann Arbor Schools. She belonged to AAUW and UM Faculty Wives. Betty was a consummate homemaker and created beautiful homes. She instilled in her children a love of sports, the out-of- doors, travel, art, and music. Betty and Leland enjoyed overseas and domestic travel, collecting antiques and Inuit art. They were devoted patrons of the University Musical Society. In retirement they started Salt Box Antiques and enjoyed condos at the Homestead. They were dedicated, lifelong bridge players. Betty and Leland raised three children: Ann Ongerth, Seattle; Jamie (Sue), Ann Arbor; Eric (Cindy), Ann Arbor. Four grandchildren graced her life: Benjamin Quackenbush, North Brunswick, New Jersey; Christopher Quackenbush (Jeffrey Lofgreen), Lilburn Georgia; Amanda Guidotti (Mike), Fort Worth, Texas; and Blair Quackenbush, Ann Arbor. A great grandchild, Theo Guidotti, was born in 2017. Betty was predeceased by her parents, sister Jane Cooley, son Jamie in 2005 and husband Leland in 2008. Betty remained engaged, graceful, and grateful as old age took her strength, hearing, and vision. Cheri Gatzke was a devoted caretaker/friend. Glacier Hills staff, and Arbor Hospice cared for Betty at the end of life. We loved her dearly. We will always miss her. There will be a private family service at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to: University Musical Society Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund – 799497 Interlochen Center for the Arts Annual Gift Fund: https://give.interlochen.org/give/330048/#!/donation/checkout Generations
Published by Ann Arbor News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2021.
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Betty was a treasure to this world. She was loveable, smart and respectable, and so dignified in every way. Love you and miss you, Betty!! Thank you for all our warm and engaging exchanges - your friendship won't be forgotten.
Leah Brock
October 12, 2021
Carol and I want to express our deepest sympathies to Betty's family on her passing. We knew her for many years as a neighbor and during Lee's role as a Professor at U of M. I was a faculty colleague of Lee. She was a special person in so many ways and will be missed by all who knew her. Carol and Dave Cole
David Cole
October 7, 2021
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