Betty Lou Kearney, (nee Henshaw), 85, of Pompton Plains, N.J., formerly of Bergenfield, N.J., Allendale, N.J., and Shepherdstown, died peacefully at home Nov. 9.
She was born in Charles Town and was a world traveler, teacher, model, librarian, church elder, mother and loving wife. In her youth, Betty met President Truman at the White House as a member of the 4-H club. She later served as national president of the Future Homemakers Association. She received her BS in education from Madison College (now James Madison University); and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship. She received her MS in Home Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Betty was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R). She worked for Singer Sewing Co., where she was featured in magazines as a model in her own clothing designs. She was a home economics teacher in West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey and a member of the Bergenfield Board of Education. She served as a librarian at Dwight-Englewood Prep School. Betty was an avid reader and member of many book clubs. She was a member of Ridgewood’s West Side Presbyterian Church Feisty Ladies Group.
Betty was the wife of the late W. Frank Kearney; mother of Philip Henshaw Kearney and his wife, Laura Weyant Kearney, of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; grandmother of Luke, Bennett and Anja Elizabeth; sister to Marion Henshaw and the late Bill Henshaw; and sister-in-law to Doris Williams, Jean Beckwermert and the late Lois Hicks.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.
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