Betty Ruth Doak Lindsey of Willow Valley Retirement Community, in Lancaster, PA. passed away after a lengthy illness on November 30, 2011, at the age of 90. Betty Ruth was born in New Jersey and grew up in Tyler County, West Virginia, where she held her first teaching position as the district music teacher. She and her husband, John raised their family in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a duPont employee.
Mrs. Lindsey graduated from West Liberty Teacher’s College in West Virginia and the University of Delaware, where she
also received her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Mrs. Lindsey taught 4th Grade and Special Education at Brandywood Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. Betty Ruth had a great love of singing and classical music, and performed as a soloist, choir member, junior choir director and piano teacher, before retirement. She and her husband, John, moved to Willow Valley Retirement Community in 1998, where they made many dear friends.
Betty Ruth was predeceased by her son, John Jay Lindsey and her husband of 62 years, John B. Lindsey. She is survived by her sisters Mary Janice Neprash, of Atlanta, Georgia and Lois Faunce, of Warminster, PA. ; her children: Carol Davidson, of Wilmington, Delaware; Ruth Lindsey of Kapaau, Hawaii and Bill Lindsey of Montara, California. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Charlene Lindsey, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the Orr Auditorium at Willow Valley Manor Retirement Community, 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, December 8th at 11:00 am. The family will greet friends following the service. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to either the Arc of Lancaster County or the University of Delaware Library Fund.