Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Mellor passed away in Boise, Idaho on Monday, September 27th. She died peacefully with her daughters by her side. Predeceased by her husband William Wright “Bill” in 2005, together they had two daughters, Gwen Romans of Eagle, Idaho, and Amy Thompson of Singapore. Betty is survived by Gwen and her husband, Phil, along with their sons, Bo and Nick, and Amy and her husband, Eric, along with their sons Reier and West. She is also survived by her siblings and their spouses, John (Shirley) Brass, and Susan (David) Hoover, both of Pennsylvania.
Betty was the daughter of John and Mary Brass and was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1944. After graduating from York College of Pennsylvania, she moved to the Philadelphia suburbs where she began her teaching career. She married Bill in 1968, and they settled in Wilmington, Delaware where Betty taught middle school and raised Gwen and Amy. She was active in the community, teaching and volunteering for more than 25 years.
She and Bill and the girls travelled throughout the country and all over the world. Her favorite travel destinations included the Tetons in Wyoming, India, Thailand, South Africa, and Russia. She especially treasured her extended time in Siem Reap, Cambodia where she taught English to medical doctors as a volunteer. A lifelong learner who prized education, she read extensively and enjoyed staying on top of current events. While Betty was curious about all the world had to offer, her love of coffee, bagels, snow, historical fiction, Thanksgiving, yellow flowers, Scrabble, and her family and friends never wavered. Betty was a loving mother and grandmother who also cherished her girlfriends from all stages of life, especially Shirley and Jean, Sandy, Pat, Janet, Ginny, Barbara, Cheryl, Doris, Kathy, Peggy, Joan, Carol, Rita, and Connie.
Betty transitioned out to Idaho several years ago from the east coast to be closer to family. She loved her home’s view of the Boise foothills and having an opportunity to grow closer with her grandsons.
She will be buried in Montoursville, Pennsylvania and the internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please feel welcome to make a donation in her honor to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation: https://www.gtnpf.org/donate/. Better yet, she would want you to head out to experience the grandeur of the Tetons in person, for yourself!
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