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In Memory of

Elizabeth Jane Arscott

June 1, 1921 - November 15, 2016

Obituary


Elizabeth Jane Arscott passed away peacefully November 15th , 2016 surrrounded by

family. Betty, as she preferred to be called, was born in Leechburg, PA June 1st 1921 as the oldest

child of John Edmund & Mary Josephine [Lowman] McGeary. She grew grew up in the

Leechburg area where her father owned and operated a hardware store. She graduated from Leechburg

High School with honors in 1939; enrolled at the Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana, PA,

graduating with a BS-Ed degree in 1943; and received...

Elizabeth Jane Arscott passed away peacefully November 15th , 2016 surrrounded by

family. Betty, as she preferred to be called, was born in Leechburg, PA June 1st 1921 as the oldest

child of John Edmund & Mary Josephine [Lowman] McGeary. She grew grew up in the

Leechburg area where her father owned and operated a hardware store. She graduated from Leechburg

High School with honors in 1939; enrolled at the Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana, PA,

graduating with a BS-Ed degree in 1943; and received the MEd in 1953 from the University of

Pittsburgh.

Both she and her family were very involved with the United Presbyterian Church where she

served as a Deacon. During WWII she also served as a volunteer American Red Cross nurse's aide at

the Pittsburgh Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. Betty was also a life long bridge player.

Following graduation she taught as an elemenary school teacher at Tarentum, Butler and Lower

Burell in Western PA,. In 1950 that she met her future husband, George H. Arscott, who was a

graduate student at the University of Maryland on a blind date though friends. They were married in

1953 and moved to Corvallis, OR where he had accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of

Poultry Science at Oregon State College. They resided in Corvallis for the next 48 years. She became

the proud mother of two sons, John & Bill. She was a member of the Good Samaritan Episcopal

Church and a member of the choir. She was a longtime member of the Winema Chapter

of the Daughters of the American Revolution and in her retirement years became a member of the

American Association of University Women after becoming winter visitors to AZ.

During Betty and George's retirement covering 25 years as winter residents to AZ, they made

many lasting friendships there. They travelled extensively, making several trips to the UK to visit

relatives. She accompanied George on his volunteer poultry oriented trips to the Dominican Republic

and Peru. They also travelled to Hawaii, George's birth state, Alaska, through the Panama Canal,

Canada and Switzerland. Betty was very gracious and hosted many dinner parties over the years for

family, friends, colleagues and graduate students.

Betty is survived by her husband; sons: John (wife, Janet) and Bill; and grandson, Phillip.

She was predeceased by parents and brother, George McGeary. Should any contributions be desired,

please give to the charity of your choice or to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. A private family

memorial has already been held. Burial has taken place at the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland

OR. She will be recognized at the forthcoming Willamette View Retirement Community "Rite of

Remembrance", January 17, 2017, 7 to 8 pm, 12705 SE River Rd, Milwaukie, OR.

The family would like to thank all those at Willamette View Retirement Community and Bristol

Hospice for their assistance, support and concern during this time of sorrow.