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Betty Jane (Pitts) Senseny  

Betty Jane (Pitts) Senseny

 June 15, 1928 – April 7, 2014

Betty Jane Senseny, 85, of New Castle and Fenwick Island, DE passed away peacefully on April 7, 2014 at home with her family.

Betty was born on June 15, 1928 to the late Anthony and Anna (Knapp) Pitts. She graduated from P. S. du Pont High School in 1946, and met her future husband while on a co-op work assignment at the Port of Wilmington.

Betty was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle, the United Methodist Women, and Ruth Circle. During her years at Asbury, she was a Sunday school teacher, past president of the UMW, former leader of Ruth Circle, and for several years chaired the Flower Shop of the Annual Spring Teas.

A loving and devoted homemaker, Betty delighted in making each day special for her husband and six children, from slipping notes into lunches, to writing original songs for each child/grandchild, countless fun fairs in the backyard for the kids during the summer breaks, and organizing many Pitts family reunions. In her spare time she kept busy compiling family photo albums and movies, researched and documented the Pitts/Senseny family ancestries, and scrapbook records/photos of the Port of Wilmington. Family was her first love, especially Wednesday family lunches. Music her second – she sang on the radio as a child, played the Hawaiian guitar, and endured the many practice sessions of her children’s musical endeavors, including a full drum set in the dining room.

Betty was preceded in death by her grandson Robert J. Senseny, Jr. and son-in-law Stewart Horsey. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 64 years, Robert F. Senseny, and children Robert J. Senseny, Sr. and wife Eileen of Fenwick Island, Kathryn Martin and husband William of Newark, Nancy Nicol of Newark, Kevin Senseny and wife Brenda of Newark, Lynn Horsey of Middletown, and Glenn Senseny of New Castle; former son-in-law and daughter-in law Doug Nicol of Leesburg, FL and Helen Senseny of Newark; as well as by her 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful for the compassionate and patient care given by Belle Kwarteng in assisting Betty with her personal needs over the past year.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, April 11, 2014 at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720, where family and friends may visit from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church at the address listed above.

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