Elizabeth "Bette"'s Story
Elizabeth "Bette" Virginia (Edwards) Adam O'Donnnell, 97, of Grantsville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at the Goodwill Mennonite Nursing Home in Grantsville.
Born May 16, 1920, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late States Edwards and Helen Markland Parker Edwards. In addition to her parents, Bette was also preceded in death by her husbands, Winfield Adam, and William O'Donnell; sister, Helen Winston; brother, States Edwards; and an infant sister, Margaret Edwards.
Bette attended Forest Park High School where she was active in sports, archery, basketball, relay, and the Music Club. In 1942, she joined the WAVES, and she was the first WAVE sworn in, in Baltimore. Her position in the Navy took her to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Oklahoma in Stillwater, and finally, to Naval Intelligence, CIA, in Washington DC. It was in Washington DC that she broke a Japanese code and was awarded a Commendation Award for her work. After the war, she worked at Black & Decker in Towson, then retired from Avon Products, Inc. after 27 years, having been District Manager for 20 of those years.
Bette served on the board of directors of Girl Scouts of America, was a Chamber of Commerce director, a former member of the Soroptomists, Elks, and Daughters of the Nile Re Temple. She was a member and president of Beta Signa Phi Omicron and also served as president of Xi Omicron. Bette belonged to the Maplehurst Country Club of Cumberland and was a former president of Woman Sport. She was a member, recording secretary, and president of the Woman's Civic Club of Cumberland. Bette chaired two successful doll shows after organizing the Civic Singers and also chaired local Youth Art Shows, having served as tour director for six years and treasurer of the Welfare group for six years. She was also active in the Lions Club and the Shrine Club. She was recording secretary, first vice-present, and finally president of Western District, and she was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.
Who's Who of American Women, Personalities of the South, Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, Dictionary of International Biography, and Who's Who in Finance have all mentioned Bette. In 1988, the Woman's Civic Club of Cumberland named her "Woman of the Year."
In her free time, Bette enjoyed bowling, art, dancing, music, and attending the theater and conventions. She also enjoyed writing poetry, and her work was featured in the 14th Annual Poetry Contest in 1990. She was a loving, caring mother and grandmother who was well loved by and very special to her family. Having never "met a stranger," she was a friend to everyone. Bette will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Surviving Bette are her children, David Adam and wife, Sue Ellen, Houston, Texas, Sue Snider and husband, Ted, Jacksonville, Fla., Virginia Chorpenning and husband, Paul, Oakland, Mark Adam and wife, Robin, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and Leslie Stranko and husband, John, Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren, Ingrid Larson and husband, Bret, Donna Cranfield and husband, Michael, Chrissi Hills and husband, Tim, Scott Snider and wife, Parrisa, Aaron Chorpenning and wife, Mei, Adam Chorpenning and Leo, Caine Chorpenning and wife, Lauren, Ethan Chorpenning and wife, Rachel, Ryan Adam and wife, Erika, Andy Adam and wife, Erin, Jessica Adam, Sean Adam and wife, Kelsey, Nicki Lang and husband, Todd, Florrie Franchi and Jen, and John Stranko; step-grandchildren, Mike O'Donnell and Steven O'Donnell and their families; great-grandchildren, Cortney Haas, Ryan Logan, Chloe Ziler, Mina Snider, Gage Snider, Rodney Ledgerwood, Trey and Tessa Cranfield, Kylie Chorpenning, Camden Chorpenning, Savannah Chorpenning, Roland Adam, Oliver Adam, Chuck Adam, Walter Adam, Anderson, Evan, and Owen Adam, John Stranko, and Michelle Stranko; step-great-grandchildren, Stephen McSwain, Samantha McSwain, and Michael Lang; and great-great-grandchildren, Hailey St. Halaire, Benjamin and Jordan Siciliano, and Hazel Ledgerwood.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in MD State Veterans Cemetery, Rocky Gap. Military honors will be accorded by Ft. Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on February 27, 2018