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Betty LaVonne (Draves) Egan

Mar 21, 2014

Betty LaVonne (Draves) Egan, 88, of Shepherdstown died Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Canterbury Center.

Born Aug. 15, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the daughter of Otto Draves and Maude (Dickerson) Draves.

Betty was a member of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church and active in the Women’s Circle. She served as a Deacon in Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church, Whittier, Calif., and later as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Corona, Calif., where she served as treasurer and clerk of session. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Shepherdstown Public Library.

Betty graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. After graduating she passed the Civil Service exam for stenographer and took a job at War Manpower Commission in Des Moines, Iowa. When WWII ended she met Harlan Egan, an engineer for WHO Radio Station. They were married Dec. 3, 1951 and lived in Hollywood, Calif., where Harlan was working as an engineer for NBC. They later lived in Reseda, Sonora., Whittier, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Puyallup, Wash., where Betty worked as a secretary in the U. S. Interior Department’s Glaciology Department. After her divorce in 1985, she moved to Corona, Calif., and worked as a school librarian for Corona Schools District. Upon her retirement in 1998, she moved to Shepherdstown, to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her daughter Paula Tremba and husband Randall of Shepherdstown; son Barry Egan, and wife Monica of Rocklin, Calif.; son-in-law Jim Peters of Billings, Mont.; niece Valerie Jacobson of Nederland, Colo.; nephew James Jacobson of Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Robert Draves, her sister Virginia Jacobson, her daughter Christine L. Peters, and her former husband Harlan Egan.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Rev. Randall Tremba presiding.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Shepherdstown Public Library, P. O. Box 278, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, or to Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 268, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.