ELLERSLIE — Elizabeth R. "Betty" (Leonard) Burley of Ellerslie, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 5, 2013 in the loving arms of her daughter Beverley at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.
Born March 13, 1932 in Mount Savage, she was the daughter of the late William G. Leonard and the late Annabel (Smith) Leonard Gordon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Burley who died March 11, 2012. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Billy Leonard; brother, Edward Gordon; and two sisters, A. Myrtle Holt, and Josephine Norris.
Surviving are a son, Stephen L. Burley and wife Deloris of Ellerslie; daughters, Cynthia J. Burley of Mount Savage and Beverley K. Shank and friend Al Gill, of Mount Savage; grandchildren, Kenny Burley and wife Chandra, Katrina Burley and fiancé Tony Ballerina, Kristin Shank and friend Brandon Hedrick, Cassie Rock and husband Will; great-grandchildren, Linda Burley, Destiny and Ariella So and Joey Ballerina. Also surviving are two brothers, Robert Leonard and wife Carola and Richard Leonard and wife Peggy; one sister, Gayle Dicken and husband Charles; and many nieces and nephews.
Betty married the love of her life, Kenneth at the age of 17. They were married Dec. 31, 1949 in Cumberland, and celebrated 62 years of marriage Dec. 31, 2011. She was a very loving and caring wife and mother during her lifetime. During her children’s early years she chose to stay at home to love and nurture them. Later in her life she worked as a caregiver, providing care to those still living in their own home. Through this she met and made many special friends and was able to give them the love and the care they needed. She loved and enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty enjoyed spending time with her close friends, playing bingo, shopping, and bus trips to Atlantic City and Charlestown. She will be remembered as a very loving, friendly and happy person.
Although Betty will be missed by many it is comforting to know that she is at peace now. Our hearts may be filled with sorrow for losing someone we loved so much but her heart is full of joy and we should share in the joy with her as she is now reunited with the love of her life for eternity.
Friends will be received at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home Inc., 169 Clarence St., Hyndman, Pa., on Monday, April 8, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, LaVale.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.zeiglerfuneralhome.com.