Nance D. Betze, age 82, of Bridgeville, DE and Rehoboth Beach, DE, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2013 in Rehoboth Beach.
Born on August 1, 1930 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Harry C. and Elsie (Conway) Davis and one of four children.
Nance attended the University of Delaware and graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City. After her father passed away, she returned home to Bridgeville to work in the family business, H.C. Davis and Son, Inc. She was married to Stephen J. Betze, a history teacher and later, principal, at Bridgeville High School in 1953.
Nance was avid reader and enjoyed her studies of history and language origins. She was a substitute teacher and a volunteer at the Bridgeville Public Library for many years.
Of all the things that Nance enjoyed the most, it was her family. She spent many hours reminiscing with family about fond childhood memories and tracing the family history back to the days prior to the Revolution. Nance was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Vining Chapter, of Seaford.
She is pre-deceased by her husband of 42 years, Stephen J. Betze. She is survived by her three children: Stephanie Williams and her husband, Allen J. Williams of Lewes, Richard S. J. Betze and his wife, Susan of Chapel Hill, NC, and Claire Betze and her partner, Lindy Allen of Freeport, ME; four grandchildren: Erin, Garrett, Alexa, and Jonathon; two sisters and one brother: Joan Huxford of Temecula, CA, Dorothy "Dotty" Lewis of Wilmington, NC, and Harry C. "Brud" Davis III of Bridgeville.
A Graveside Service attended by family members will be held at Bridgeville Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Stephen J. Betze Scholarship Fund, c/o Delaware Technical & Community College, Jack F. Owens Campus, Business Office, PO Box 660, Route 18/Seashore Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947 or to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Vining Chapter, c/o Hope Huey, Treasurer, 1749 Oak Road, Bridgeville, DE 19933.
Please sign Mrs. Betze's online guestbook at this site.
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