Miss Elizabeth M. Deeny, age 91, of West Grove died on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community.Betty, as she was affectionately known, was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1917, in the back of an automobile in Ridley Park, Pa., on the way to the hospital. This exciting entrance into the world proved to be just the right beginning for Betty, who loved to travel, read and be involved in politics throughout her life.
Miss Deeny worked for the Department of Agriculture in various positions throughout her career, highlighted by being the first woman representative of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at the Annual U.S. Agricultural meeting in the early 1950s.
For many years Miss Deeny would be the only woman attending from all 50 states. She later worked as an administrator with the Small Business Administration in Washington D.C. before her retirement.
Miss Deeny's love of politics led her to be a very influential leader in the Women's League of Voters. Living most of her life at the Jersey shore, Miss Deeny graduated from Ocean City High School and continued to live and shape southern New Jersey throughout her life. She organized and ran many activities including duplicate bridge leagues, Great Books, and fundraising for three new Roman Catholic Churches in the Ocean City and Cape May Courthouse townships.
Miss Deeny was the daughter of the late Michael Francis Deeny and Alice Farley Deeny. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Francis Deeny II, and John Deeny; and two sisters, Alice D. Collins, and Frances Birch; and a nephew, Michael Francis Deeny III.
Miss Deeny is survived by her loving nieces and nephews, Alice Deeny, Kevin and Marcia Deeny, Kathy and Gregory Heller, Elizabeth Anne Deeny, Joan and David Scott, Mary and Hans Schipper, Regina Birch Wilkes, Edward D. Birch, Elizabeth and Ralph Ramos, Richard Birch, Charles and Kathy Collins, Mary and Kevin Davies; a brother-inlaw, Edward Birch; and 18 great nieces and nephews.
Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Willow Tree Hospice, 100 Sycamore Drive, West Grove, PA.
Arrangements by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA.
Online condolences to www.griecofuneralhomes.com.