Betty Eleanor Kreider (Garner) 91, Lititz High grad, was May Court member, loved jazz and writing

By on March 19, 2014

Betty Eleanor Kreider (Garner), 91, formerly of Front Street in Lititz, passed away at Moravian Manor, March 13, 2014.

Betty was born in Lititz on Heinaman’s Hill on January 9, 1923, the daughter of Ella Garner Hanna and Emmanuel Garner. She graduated from LititzHigh School in 1940 where she was a part of the May Queen’s court. She was married to Robert Kreider until his death in 1995. During the 1940s, Betty and husband Bob traveled frequently to Harlem where they were part of the jazz scene. They attended jazz concerts, particularly the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, where Bob would take photos and write about the jazz scene for an international audience.

Later, Betty and Bob entered writing contests and won many prizes. Among them were two refrigerators, a fur coat, five televisions, a dinner with Frankie Laine, and a 1955 Mercury from the Ed Sullivan Show. In the 1950s, Betty worked at John Keehn’s printing shop, which published Lititz’s other newspaper, The Progressive Weekly. When Warner-Lambert opened, she worked in the Order/Billing Department as a key punch operator for one of the early computers. In addition, she and Bob spent two decades working at the Zinn’s Ballpark. She was the announcer and Bob was the statistician for the softball teams that came from all over Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Betty served for many years as the Lancaster County Postcard Club’s greeter. Betty, an avid tennis fan, would watch all major tennis tournaments. She also volunteered in Mrs. Carol Kurl’s first grade class at ReidenbaughElementary School.

Betty is survived by a daughter: Bebe Beck (Kreider), wife of Thomas J. Beck of Lititz; a granddaughter: Pamela L. Degler, of Lancaster, companion of Scott Flinchbaugh; a granddaughter: Allison Gordon, wife of Barry; two great-grandchildren: Alex and Elizabeth, of East Windsor, N.J.; a brother: Donald “Bud” Garner, husband of June of Ephrata; a sister-in-law: Marty Garner, of Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Bruce, Bernard, Terry and Patricia.

Relatives and friends are invited to Betty’s Life Celebration Memorial Service on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 a.m.. in the Steinman Hall at Moravian Manor, 300 W. Lemon Street, Lititz. The family will receive friends beginning at 10.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA17604 or Moravian Manor, 300 West Lemon Street, Lititz, PA17543 or at

To share a fond memory of Betty, visit Arrangements by Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz.

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