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P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
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Bette Appleby

Bette Jane Appleby

Sunday, September 4th, 1927 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Bette Jane Appleby, 92, of Carlisle, formerly of Shippensburg, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019 at Cumberland Crossings, Carlisle with her daughter and son-in-law at her side.

She was born September 4, 1927 in Huntingdon, PA. Bette was a daughter of the late Pearle Craig Totty.

Prior to her marriage, she was a secretary at Swigart Insurance Agency in Huntingdon. Bette then married George H. Appleby (of Ryde, PA) on March 24, 1951, in Biloxi, MS, where he was stationed at the Keesler Air Force Base. They had their first child, Vicki, in November 1952 and after a few wonderful years there moved back to Huntingdon, having their second child, Eugene, in December 1955. They moved to Shippensburg in 1961 when her husband earned a promotion at Penelec. Bette worked as a secretary at the Chambersburg Hospital during the mid 60’s and 70’s. During their later retirement years, they moved to Cumberland Crossings in Carlisle.

Bette was a member of the Abbey Reformed UCC Church in Huntingdon, and then Grace United Church of Christ in Shippensburg. She thoroughly enjoyed singing in their choirs in her earlier adult years. She was a graduate of the Huntingdon High School. Her avid joys were family, tennis, golf, and playing cards with friends. She loved the beach and enjoyed their two timeshares in Hilton Head Island, SC. Bette loved people and was known for her smile and laugh.

In addition to her parents, Bette was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Appleby who passed away in 2016, and one son Eugene W. Appleby, who passed away in 2007.

She is survived by one daughter Vicki L. (Kenneth E.) Shoap of Lurgan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 in the Grace United Church of Christ, Shippensburg, at 12:00 noon. Officiating will be The Rev. George W. Heckard. A private burial will be held in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service in church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Church of Christ, 121 E. Orange St., Shippensburg, PA 17257.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Grace United Church of Christ
    121 East Orange Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 12:00pm
    Grace United Church of Christ
    121 East Orange Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    Pastor George W. Heckard
  • Interment

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    3218 Philadelphia Avenue
    chambersburg, PA 17201
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    Burial will be private.

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Bob king

Posted at 10:29am
Vicki et al,
Please accept my condolences. Besides Gene selling me a new car from Hal Lowry Ford, I did get to see Gene again on occasion while attending Shippensburg University to get my MBA. He always complained about selling me the car, he said the sale was a charity case and that hit his commission. I meet your Dad and Mom through your brother while attending classes at SU. Your Mom and Dad were always very welcoming and wanting to chat.

Bob king

Posted at 10:28am


Posted at 01:56pm
Vicki, I am so sorry for your loss. Mom is with Dad again and I am sure they are having a grand old time in Heaven. God bless you and Ken as you bereave the loss of Mom. What a pleasure to have known your parents in their later years at Cumberland Crossings. I enjoyed my time with them as a caregiver. God Bless

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