OBITUARY

Elizabeth J. McFadden

December 26, 1930April 15, 2021

Elizabeth “Bettie” Jane (Mulhollan) McFadden, 90, formerly of Hepburnia, died Apr 15, 2021, forever dwelling in God’s eternal light following a lengthy illness and 18 month residency at Dubois Continuum of Care Community. Born Dec 26, 1930 in Curwensville, daughter of the late William Oscar, and Eva Kress (Rapp) Mulhollan. On Apr 19, 1952 in Cumberland, MD she wed William Earl McFadden, Sr. of Hepburnia who preceded her in death Dec 3, 2019. Three sisters; Alice Louise, Clara Larue, wife of William Butlin, formerly of Palatka, FL, Ruth E., and two brothers Max E., formerly of Buffalo, NY, and William “Chilly” O. Mulhollan, Jr., formerly of Hepburnia also preceded her in death. She is the last remaining member of her generation. Upon graduation from Curwensville High School in 1949, she enrolled in the Philipsburg State Hospital School of Nursing where she completed coursework to achieve RN certification in 1953. She was a loving and cherished member of her family, serving several early years of her life as a private care nurse before dedicating the remainder of her life to her family, through work in support of her husband’s dream of farming, following their purchase of Quaker Hills Dairy Farm. She requested and retained membership in the West Branch Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) following her marriage, and served various roles in community organizations, Friends Cemetery Committee, Penn-Grampian School PTA, and as secretary/helper for Grampian Penn-Bloom Community senior citizen banquets, 1973-1992. She was a member of the former Penn Grange #534, Women’s Friendship Club, and supported American Cancer Society fundraising campaigns. Bettie was esteemed by those her knew her best for her non judgmental and sincerely honest approach to life. She loved to tend her flowers and vegetable gardens, and was known for her many talents including making her clothes, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting. She was a remarkable cook and baker and never shied away from a challenge, regardless of the complexity. She is survived by three sons, Rodney A. and Lisa (Straw), William E. Jr. “Wall” and Jan (Simbeck), Hepburnia, and Mark E. McFadden and Thomas H. Baker, Jr. Annapolis, MD. Her grandchildren, Molly A. (daughter of former Pamela S. Donahue) and her husband John Gustafson, Colorado Springs, CO; Casey M. McCartney, great grandson Evan A. (son of Jeff McCartney), Corey A. and Tiffany (Bell) and great granddaughter Mira B., Hepburnia, and Jordyn M. and husband Brad Gindlesperger, Curwensville also remain. She is survived by nieces and nephews and their families in Florida, New York, Alaska and throughout the area. In honor of her wishes, no public viewing or memorial service will be conducted. Interment will be held at a later date in Friends Cemetery, Grampian. The family also wishes to thank the Nursing care staff of Dubois Nursing Home. Suggested Memorial donations honoring Bettie’s memory may be made to The West Branch Friends Cemetery Association, Grampian, or a personal non-profit of choice.

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