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Elizabeth (Bette) Louise Northrop

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Elizabeth (Bette) Louise Northrop, 87, of Sebring, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Born June 7, 1926 in Washington, DC, to John Ludwell and Pearl Louise Abendschein, Mrs. Northrop was a long time member of the Highlands Art League. She was co-founder, with her late husband Creighton Edward Northrop, of The Kissimmee Valley Archaeological Historical Conservancy and shared with him the development of the Erin Park Subdivision in Sebring from 1958 through the 1960’s.

Mrs. Northrop was an artist and worked in many types of media but found her greatest joy in “playing in the clay.” She was a renowned potter and was adopted as a mother/grandmother by members of many Indian nations. She specialized in the research of the extinct tribe of Florida Indians known as the Calusa.

Predeceased by her husband, son Archie Baker (Bud) Northrop II and daughter Erin Michaeline Northrop, she is survived by her children, Creighton Edward (Eileen) Northrop Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Ludyne (David) Gerber of Henderson, Nev., Shannon (Bill) Garity of Gambrills, Md., and Kerry (Bob) Robinson of Sebring; a sister, Ann Tonia Yoder of Davie; 13 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Northrop’s life will be Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Morris Funeral Chapel in Sebring. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Change of Pace (Alzheimers Day Activity Center) in care of Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL 33872 or Kissimmee Valley Archaeology Conservancy in care of Anne Reynolds, 80 Bear Point Lane, Lake Placid, FL 33852.