Elizabeth Natalie Podolak White

Born March 3, 1933

Elizabeth Natalie Podolak White, age 80, of Newark, DE, gently passed away in the early hours of Monday, December 29, 2013.

Born in Wilmington, DE on March 3, 1933 to Stephen and Anne Podolak, Elizabeth graduated from Wilmington H.S. and went on to marry Sgt. Jefferson Childs White, U.S.M.C. She worked at the University of Delaware, and retired after 27 years of service.

When younger, Elizabeth sang opera and often performed with the U.S.O. In her retirement years, she enjoyed reading, thrift shopping, and supporting animal rights. Elizabeth will be remembered and missed for her sense of humor and easy laughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson C. White, daughter, Leslie Keely, sons-in-law, Joseph Paul Blankenship, Russell Keely and Stefan Saxfield, grandson, Stevie Saxfield, and sister-in-law, Marguerite Podolak. She is survived by daughters, Lisa Blankenship and Pamela Neel; son-in-law, Harold Neel; 7 grandchildren, Bryan, Elizabeth and Mike Blankenship, Sherry Eastburn, Lori Keely, and Harold and Marybeth Neel; 8 great granchildren, Alexis, Chanse, Carly, Makayla, Bryan Jr., Leeland, Julez, and Joseph; 1 great great grandchild, Alex; and her brother, Paul Podolak and his 3 children, Stephen, Natalie, and Christina.

Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.


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  • I wish to extend my sincerest sympathy to betty white’s family. betty is s a dear friend as well as a ud co-worker. she was very loving to her entire family. she also loved her pets. I will cherish our funny times together. i can remember coming home from a shopping trip and being on capital trail in her Datsun with her dog Herbert in the car. all of a sudden the turn signal fell off. we both just started laughing uncontrollably. that was the way it was with betty. I also remember us always saying we would never be good in a lineup as neither of us would be able to come up with the correct details. I still think about that and laugh about that constantly. betty loved her husband jeff and her daughters leslie, lisa, and pam. she also loved her son-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchild. may betty rest in peace. she often spoke about that wonderful cloud in the sky.

  • Very saddened to hear the news. It’s often said that some folks are “one of a kind” but in Betty’s case it is so very true. We often joked that she and Doris Boys raised me from a puppy. So many fond and humorous tales which involve Betty to even begin to relate. Life was always an adventure when Betty was around. May she rest in the peace she so richly deserves.

  • Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. My heart goes out to the family. Death is something we will never get use to. In fact, God’s Word refers to death as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) Very soon our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah God, will remove death once and for all and give us the opportunity to see our loved ones again here on the earth.