MILLSBORO, Del. - George P. Betty, age 83, of Millsboro, and formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 22, 2013. Born on June 9, 1929 in Wilmington, he was the son of the late George B. and Viola Jester Betty. He was a graduate of A.I. Du Pont High School, in 1947. He was a two time Past President of the Plasterer's Union Local #38. He was married to his wife, Eileen, who survives him, in 1974. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #2173, and twice served as Commodore of the Indian River Yacht Club, in 1981 and 1994. He continued to be an Honorary Member up until his passing. He had a saying, "I'd rather dance than eat!" He was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved to tell jokes.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Richard Betty, and wife Joanne, of Townsend, DE; Deborah Nichols, and husband Wayne, of Marydel, DE; and Connie Rose, and husband Joe, of New Castle, DE. He also has two step-children: Richard Thieleman, of Wilmington, DE; and Michael Thieleman, and companion Millie, of Anchorage, AK; and five grandchildren: Brian Betty; Larry Thompson; Mark Thompson; Michael Rankin; and Chrissy Betty. There are five great-grandchildren: Allison Thompson; Kayla Thompson; Faith Thompson; Hope Thompson; and Rachel Betty. He is also survived by numerous extended family members and friends, and his beloved feline friend, "Main" so named because he was "the main cat!"
service will be held at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St.,
Millsboro, DE on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon. Friends may call from 10:30 AM until Noon for
viewing and visitation with the family.
Pastor Anne Strauss will officiate, and Linda Walls will deliver the
eulogy. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
contributions to the Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriot Way; Milford, DE 19963. Electronic condolences to Watson Funeral Home's website.