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Stephens Family Chapel
Saturday November 16th, 2019
2:00pm

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Elizabeth Preuss

Elizabeth Preuss passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at her home with family at the age of 103. Elizabeth, or Aunt Betty as she was known to many, was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 5 th, 1916. She was the 2 nd of 6 children. She moved to Grants Pass to be with her niece and her family in 1999 at the age of 83. She loved the beauty of Oregon and those she called her friends. Aunt Betty lived a wonderful life. Our family knew this because she would often say, “I have lived a wonderful, great life. I have had great TLC, saw lots of things, traveled many places and met many wonderful people.”

Her life was filled with 103 years of events, inventions and many goodbyes to those that have left before her. Many people read about stories in the history books, but we had Aunt Betty telling us her stories with all her sassiness and spunk. Aunt Betty came from a time when Brooklyn was farm land, homes used outhouses and had gas lamps for light. Going to the movies to see a silent movie for a nickel and playing stick ball was fun. Milk was delivered in the morning and kept cold with a block of ice that was also delivered. Gossip was heard on the phone, by way of party lines. Homemade food and family gatherings filled with lots of love and laughter were the norm. The Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall opened when she was a teenager. Dressing up and going into the city was a fun night out. The Great Depression hit hard, and she saw many she knew, including all her brothers, go to war. She saw Jackie Robinson play for the Dodgers, spoke with Marlon Brando at Belmont Race Track, and Danny Kaye was a friend who would sing in her grandfather’s pool hall. Independence was very important to her. She idolized her mother, who instilled in her the importance of education. She graduated high school and worked fulltime from the age of 16-76 as a book keeper. Taking care of her own finances was very important as well and she did that up until her passing, the old school way with pencil and paper. When she was in her forties and passed her driving test, she bought her first car and was as she put it, free at last. She loved sharing stories of all her road trips she took with her mom. When traveling became difficult, Aunt Betty enjoyed traveling by way of Google Earth and the Internet. Her first request was always New York. She was able to see places that have changed so much over the past 103 years. Another favorite of hers was Alexa. We would often hear her asking for the weather, a story, news or a joke. When Alexa was done, you would hear Aunt Betty say “Thank you” with pep in her voice and a smile on her face. She was amazed by all the new technologies and things that are available today. Aunt Betty was a lifelong bachelorette. She was engaged at one time, but as she put it, she decided being single and free was for her. She was a strong believer in women’s rights and freedom before that was the norm. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, baking, reading, and listening to current events (which she always had a strong opinion on). Her favorite pastime was to crochet, which she did up until her final days. There are many stitches of love shared by way of blankets, scarfs, hats, sweaters, and angels. Never having had her own children, she loved and enjoyed her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. Along with all her nieces and nephews, there are also the children of friends that she also enjoyed spoiling. In 2016, family and friends came from many states to help celebrate Aunt Betty’s 100 th birthday. It was a week she had often spoke about and loved. It meant so much to her to see so many people that loved and cared for her and she them. The ages at the party ranged from 8 months to 100! She was so very happy.

Elizabeth is survived by her niece and nephew, Leslie (Preuss) O’Brien and Garrick O’Brien, and their children, her great-nieces and nephew, Amanda O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien and Rebecca O’Brien whom she loved and adored so very much; her niece and nephew, Lori and Steve Errico, and their family of Jacksonville, Florida; her great-niece and nephew, Suzanne and William Frey, and their families of Eugene, Oregon; Many relatives and friends in New York and Florida that she loved and miss very much. There will be a service held to celebrate the 103 years of this great women at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at Stephens Family Chapel on Williams Highway, Grants Pass Oregon. www.stephensfc.com

Aunt Betty loved flowers and also animals. If you would like to donate to the Josephine County Animal Shelter in Grants Pass Oregon in her name, that would have made her smile. Aunt Betty has made a huge impact on our family. We will miss her forever, love her always, and think about her every day with a smile.

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Aunt Betty was truly a blessing to all who knew her. Her stories were timeless and she was always so happy to tell you those amazing stories. She was a wealth of information and such a joy to talk and laugh with. She will always be in my heart and memories. Leslie, Rick, Becca, Amanda and Matt, you were so fortunate to have this beautiful lady in your lives and we were all blessed for knowing her. She is so deeply missed. Love you all.
With deepest sympathy,
Betsy and Stacy

Betsy and Stacy Morgan Nov 16 2019 12:00 AM

Elizabeth I miss you. You had an instant impact upon my life years before I was blessed to meet & be with you personally. In 2005 fate filled with blessings put me with your family members Leslie & Garrick in France for a week. Not a day went by, in that week, that I did not hear stories of caring love about you, their Aunt Betty. By then, in your life, you had many years living with your Precious Niece Leslie, after her marriage to SpecialGarrick & then their children. You were obviously a loving part of their lives. Shortly after our return, from France, I had my first telephone conversation with you. Your New York accent heated up the phone line with your dynamic & spunk filled personality, wisdom, experiences with your already full life well lived, caring, thoughtful & of course charming ways. I will always cherish the years of the conversations we had & the advice with wisdom you shared. What a very smart N.Y. lady you were. It was so very obvious you loved all of them, The O'Brien Family, so very much & were so very proud of each of them. Through the years I was blessed to receive 2 crocheted angels & pot holders. Of course I still get comfort from using & looking at them. You made them with skill but most of all love & care. What a blessing to have them. Last year I finally was able to personally meet you, along with most of your beloved O'Brien family, in their/your love filled home. It was wonderful, yes finally, to have spent time with you & them.I like that we shared the love of a good lamb chop. You shared a poem by Marjoire Frances Ames &the 10 commandments of money management with me.That is when I received my 2nd crocheted angel.That visitwill always be a happy memory for me. Elizabeththinking of youI know it will bring a smile to my heart. I thank God for you. EspeciallyThe O'Brien Family, other family members & those you even met just once, Elizabeth I know your love of life will live on forever. To The O'Brien Family I want you to know I am truly & deeply sorry for your earthly loss. I pray that your very personal family memories & thoughts help you through the pain & bring your hearts & minds comfort. Again,Elizabethyou were such a dynamic special N.Y. lady. You will never be forgotten.

With Respect & Love, Mrs. Kathy Silcott Nov 14 2019 12:00 AM

Joanne she loved seeing you and Kenny. Talking about Brooklyn and all her NY memories. She did sit and wait for the laundry. It was so funny. She loved taking the laundry out of the dryer. The warmth made her hands feel great. She also wanted to be busy and always wanted to help. She loved you and your family

Leslie OBrien Nov 12 2019 12:00 AM

So many wonderful memories as a child duck eggs playing in the basement of Aunt Bettys house her home baked treats she really took care of us all. I could go on forever I will never forget the wonderful memories I have of her. But what really comes to mind was on her 100th birthday my husband and I travelled to Oregon for her party. My husband had never met her before. He sat and listened to her stories he loved listening to her stories. When we got home I said Aunt Betty tiold you her stories he said yes so many great stories. He said you know what she told me I said no, he said she told him her family things shes crazy because she sits and stares at the washing machine but shes really sitting and thinking what a great life shes had and how much she has experienced in her life and that to me is Aunt Betty we will miss you but your memory will live on in our hearts.

Joanne Walisch Nov 11 2019 12:00 AM

Aunt Betty was a pleasure to know ! She was a joy to talk to and often told you what she thought without any censure. :) Yet she would embrace you with that same fierceness and loyalty! We feel blessed to have been part of her extended family/friends. I too have an angel that she made for me. Love and miss you Aunt Bet!

Lori & Scott Walters Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

Aunt Betty was Aunt Betty to everyone. Her friendliness, feistiness, wit and wisdom charmed us all. Years ago, at a time when I was grieving, she gave me one of her crocheted angels to express her sympathy. So sweet! Now this angel brings me comfort again, tangible evidence of her very special life. A life well lived, a life well LOVED.
Ill miss you, Aunt Betty. But even more... I will remember you!

Audrey Guisinger Nov 5 2019 12:00 AM

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