Bettye Mae Meredith, 89, of Cambridge Maryland passed away on Sunday, February 12th, 2023, while residing at Homestead Manor in Denton, Maryland. She had recently been under Hospice care.
Born October 27, 1933, at the family home Peace Farm (Now Riverton), Cassons Neck, Cambridge, MD to the late W. Seward Dail and Elizabeth Bennett Dail.
Her adolescent years were spent working on the family farm and playing with her brother, William. She attended Hudson Elementary School and Cambridge Junior High School. She graduated from Cambridge High School in May 1951, the first graduating class of the 12-year system. Upon graduation she obtained a one-year scholarship at Goldey-Beacon School of Business, Wilmington, Delaware. The scholarship was offered through the E. I. DuPont Nemours Company and required four hours of classes and four hours employment daily at DuPont's.
She returned to Cambridge in May 1952 and began employment at the Home Beneficial Insurance Company as a secretary. In 1954 she moved to the New England area and worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Boston. She returned to Cambridge in 1956 and was employed as payroll clerk/secretary at the Rob Roy Shirt Company at the Maryland Avenue plant. In 1961, she worked briefly at Sears Roebuck Company in catalog sales and teletypist. She began work as a stenographer in Medical Records at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in December 1961. Later she received a promotion to secretary and then office manager. She entered the E.S.H.C. School of Practical Nursing in September 1980, graduating with honors in September 1981. These honors included the Psychiatric Nursing Award presented by American Legion Post 91, the Highest Clinical Achievement Award by the Eastern Shore Hospital Alumni Association and the Physicians Award for Best All-Around Student from the medical staff of the Eastern Shore Hospital Center. She worked as an LPN until retirement in 1995 from the Center.
During her junior year in high school she met and dated Ronald S. Meredith, her future husband. They were united in marriage on September 14th, 1963, sharing over 45 years of love and devotion. Rev. Meredith died July 8, 2009. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church for over 25 years. She was involved with the church, would be seen prepping, and serving meals for soup day. Most of all she loved being Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She would always help in any way she could for her family. She was well known for thinking of others and would bake their favorite desserts for their birthdays. Everyone loved her Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Coconut Cake, Sweet Potato Pie and Chocolate Frosted Cake. A special thanks to the staff at Homestead Manor for the love and care shown to Bettye over the past year and to Compass Hospice for the comfort they provided in her final days.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William Dail, and her husband Ronald S. Meredith and two siblings who died at birth.
Surviving her are her children, Ronnie Meredith, Jr. (Betsey), Jeff Meredith, Sr. (Mary), Sue Weatherwax (Dave), Debbie Jensen (Dean); Rhonda Fleming (Farmer) and her exchange student daughter from England, Louise King (Tod) and their children; grandchildren Stacey Sanders, (Ryan), Corey Kinman (Monique), Jason Kinman, Robert Meredith, Rachel Bachle (Randy), Jeff Meredith Jr. (Angela), Jessica DiNunzio (Dominick), Josh Barker (Laura), Kirsten Ruark (Josh), Will Fleming and Maddie Fleming; numerous great grandchildren.
Per her request, a private graveside service will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bettye’s name can be sent to Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, Cambridge.