Elizabeth “Betty” Kleppinger Cargill, 94, of Venice, Fla., died peacefully Friday, May 2, 2014.
Born Feb. 5, 1920, in Allentown, Pa., she was the daughter of Samuel Adam and Elsie Herman Kleppinger, both of whom predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of many years, Milton “Bud” Cargill.
Betty graduated from Allentown High School in 1939 and Colby Junior College in 1941. She continued her studies at Ohio University and Kutztown State Teachers College, where she received her teaching degree.
Her first teaching assignment was at a one-room Mennonite schoolhouse in Lititz, Pea. She then went on to teach at Grace Wilday Elementary School in Roselle Park, N.J., where she enjoyed 32 years of teaching with “her children.”
After retiring in 1975, she and Bud moved to Venice, Fla., a community she deeply loved. Betty was active at her church, Venice United Church of Christ. Her bridge games, gardening and supportive four-legged friend and constant companion, “Buttons,” remained important to her throughout her life. She was a charter member of Jacaranda West Country Club.
Betty is survived by her two sisters, Jean Kleppinger Langeloh of Norwich, Vt., and Margaret Kleppinger McLean of Charlottesville, Va.; as well as seven nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Michael Cargill and his wife, Sandi, of Paramus, N.J., JoAnne Hessinger and her husband, Chuck, of Bogota, N.J., and Marie Louise Pruitt and her husband, Richard, of Missoula, Mont.
In addition, she is survived by three very important members of the Horner family, Lee, Kenneth and Pam. Their mother, Carol Sue Horner, and grandmother, Edith Chynoweth, predeceased her, and the entire family was a tremendous part of her life.
The family would like to thank her wonderful friends, neighbors and caregivers who were so helpful.
Services: There will be a memorial service at a later date. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.