Betty Mae Brown Kingsley
Betty Mae Brown Kingsley was born December 18, 1912, to Austin Oliver and Lillian Mae Bauers Brown in Cresson, Penn. She was the youngest of six children and grew up in the Old Commercial Hotel that her parents owned and ran. She graduated from Cresson High School in 1930 and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in English from Boston University in 1934. She eloped with her high school sweetheart, Edwin L. Kingsley, on the way home from her graduation. When they got back to Cresson she realized that she would have to support her parents who had lost the hotel during the height of the Depression. As a married woman she could not get a teaching job as they were reserved for men, so she and Ed kept their marriage a secret for the next five years. She taught English and coached girls’ basketball at Cresson High School during those years. Up until her death, Betty kept in touch with many of her students — in particular Dick Hiner — and the class of 1937. Betty was finally able to join Ed in New York where their two children were born and raised. Betty worked for Doubleday Book Publishing Company for many years before she and Ed retired to Florida.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Edwin, in 1993; her parents; brother Carl Brown; sisters Vera Palmer, Hortense McCardell, Thelma Port and Naomi Eselman. She is survived by her son, Edwin L. (Liz) Kingsley of Saugus, Mass.; and daughter Lillian A. (Jack) Keegan of Deer Mountain, Utah; five grandchildren: Sarah (Eric) Forte of Tewksbury, Mass.; James (Brenda) Keegan of Farmington, Utah; Susan (Matthew) Schroyer of North Salt Lake, Utah; Michael (Nicole) Keegan of Rapid City, S.D.; Jeffrey Keegan of North Salt Lake, Utah; and three great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and John Keegan and Cameron Schroyer.
Betty passed away on November 30, 2009, just two-and-a-half weeks before her 97th birthday. She will be remembered for the poetry she wrote for all occasions; her love for her family; and her fondness for golf, ballroom dancing, chocolate and especially a glass of Scotch. Please have a drink in her honor.
Graveside services will be held in Cresson, Penn., in the spring.
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