Williamsburg, VA. –One of the world’s greatest Moms left this world for a better place on April 6th, 2018. Betty Leeper passed away peacefully at Patriot’s Colony in Williamsburg. Betty was born on June 19th, 1924 in Apollo, Pa where she attended school until leaving for Juniata College in Huntingdon. While there she studied Home Economics, was class president, and met a returning war hero who became the love of her life. Betty married Charles “Mickey” Leeper in 1947. They lived in several locations in Pa, moved to Chicago, on to Birmingham, and back to Lewistown in 1970. Along the way they became the parents of three kids proud to call them Mom and Dad. While in Lewistown, Betty did just about everything a great Mom could do. She raised her kids and sent them into the world as confident, successful adults with her world-class values. She was an active member and Elder in the Lewistown Presbyterian Church where she volunteered tirelessly. She served her community as a volunteer in myriad ways and was known and loved by everyone she met. In 2006, the Leepers moved to Williamsburg, Va where Mickey passed away in 2009 after they had been married for nearly 62 years. Betty has lived there since, with the exception of a 3 year stint in Essex, Ct where she moved to keep an eye on her elder son. In Williamsburg she also made fast friends with her neighbors and church members at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.
Betty is survived by her son Jeff Leeper and wife, Lauri of Williamsburg, Va, daughter Karen Reeves and husband Joe, of Independence, Va, and son Jim Leeper and wife Eileen, of Hanover, Pa. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren and 4 ½ great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.
A dedicated daughter, sister, wife, and mother, she set an example for her family that placed the bar amazingly high. A selfless volunteer, she placed others’ needs above her own. A friend who would gladly stop what she was doing to help anyone in need, she will always be remembered as a woman who went a step beyond in loyalty and sisterhood. A woman of tremendously deep faith, critical to the inner workings of each Presbyterian Church in which she was a member, she walked the talk and shared her inner peace with others.
Betty Leeper would not want anyone to grieve her passing. Rather, she would want everyone she touched to celebrate her life and to try to make theirs better.
A memorial service in her honor will be held on a date to be determined, mid summer of 2018 at the Lewistown Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.