Elizabeth S. "Betty" Gove of Middletown passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. She was 80.
Mrs. Gove was born Sept. 25, 1930, in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Burton F. and Mary (Roberts) Sanders.
The daughter of a bridge builder, she moved often and attended 14 different schools. She graduated from high school in Arlington, Va., and later from Goldey Beacom College.
Mrs. Gove worked for the Appoquinimink School District for 14 years, with the majority of her career as a secretary at Townsend Elementary School. For a number of years, she owned and operated the Country Girl Shop in Middletown. Following her husband’s retirement in1987, they began raising sheep. For more than 30 years, they enjoyed selling Christmas trees.
She enjoyed volunteering and was a member of several organizations, including the Middletown Lions Club, Lions Leader Dog program and Delaware Herbalist Society. She was a volunteer spinner for the Delaware Agriculture Museum and enjoyed volunteering at the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library.
In addition to volunteering, Mrs. Gove enjoyed spinning wool, knitting, reading, growing herbs, painting and spending time with her loving family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Gove Jr., in April 1991.
She leaves many cherished memories to two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Diane Gove of Wilmington, and C. William Gove of Blackbird; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Burtie and Bill Hutchison of Middletown, and LuAnn and Marty Maxey of Smyrna; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
Mrs. Gove’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Michele, Barb, Jennie, Sue, and Pat from Delaware Hospice; special friend, Pat Mannering; and caregiver, Penny Bailey, for their special care and devotion.
Friends may call Sunday, Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown.
Services will be Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home.
Burial will be beside her loving husband in Old Drawyers Cemetery near Odessa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810; or to Middletown Lions Club, c/o Mr. James Beattie, 101 E. Park Place, Middletown, DE 19709
Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, LLC, Middletown.