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Elizabeth M. Kearns  

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Kearns

March 1, 1926 ~  January 24, 2015

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Kearns, age 88, of Rehoboth Beach, DE and formerly of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Born on March 1, 1926 in Mahanoy City, PA, she was a daughter of the late James J. McAndrew and Josephine C. Michaeli McAndrew.

Following graduation from Ashland High School in Pennsylvania she attended the University of Pennsylvania.  After college, Betty went to work as a secretary for War Shipping in Philadelphia during World War II.  Following her passion for children and teaching, she attended and graduated from College Misericodia in Dallas, PA, with a BS degree in elementary education.   Following her educational pursuit, Betty began what became a rewarding career as an educator.  She enjoyed her profession as a second grade teacher and enlightened the lives of many young students at Silverside Elementary and Castle Hills Elementary.  Following 28 years of dedicating her love and passion to teaching children, she retired in 1989.

As an active individual, Betty enjoyed her involvement within the community and especially in education.  She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima and Sodality, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church, Epsilon Chapter of Delta kappa Gamma, Delaware State Education Association, National Education Association and served as chapter recording secretary for the Honorary Teacher’s Association.

In her spare time, she enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and was an avid reader, especially detective stories, and card player.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Matthew J. Kearns, a grandchild, Justine J. Kearns and a sister, Claire A. McAndrew.

Betty leaves many fond memories to her loving husband of 58 years, Francis J. Kearns; two daughters, Elizabeth F. Constant (David) of Fort Mill, SC and Mary Clare Jagielski (Mitchell) of Lewes, DE; two sons, Christopher J. Kearns (Kathleen) of New Castle, DE and Patrick D. Kearns of Earleville, MD; brother, James P. McAndrew of Baltimore, MD; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kearns of Wilmington, DE; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Betty will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and educator.

Friends may visit with Betty’s family from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11:00 am on Thursday morning, January 29, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima, 801 North DuPont Boulevard, New Castle, DE.  Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff at Beebe Hospital, Delaware Hospice and to Peggy Carbone of Visiting Angels for the excellent care given to Betty during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

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  1. Bob,Mary,Mike,Ellen,John,Karen, Susie Richey, January 27, 2015

    Betty was a very spunky jovial woman who was always alot of fun to be around along with the rest of the family. Betty was also a very kind, caring mother and friend. The Richey family had numerous great times with Betty and the rest of the family. She will be greatly missed. She will always remain in our hearts and be very much missed.

    Love The Richey Family

  2. Eileen Gilmore Denis (mrs. Andrew T Denis), January 27, 2015

    Fran and family,

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I have fond memories of her..from the Philadelphia Pike to New Castle.

    God bless you and yours.

    • Betsy Kearns Constant, February 4, 2015

      Hello Mrs. Eillen Gilmore Denis
      My father Francis Kearns & family thank you for your condolences. Dad would like us to send you a photo. Please send an email or mailing address. my email is Thank you, we are sincerely grateful.

  3. Barbara ( Matushefske ) Dooley, January 28, 2015

    So sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. I have many wonderful childhood memories of The Kearn’s family at our home in Wilmington Manor along with my parents John and Lois Matushefske.. May God give you comfort.

    Barbara ( Matushefske) Dooley

  4. June Grantland, January 29, 2015

    I have fond memories of teaching with Betty at Castle Hill Elementary. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time.
    June Grantland


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