New Jersey

Elizabeth J. Fowler

December 28, 1921 – January 27, 2023

Elizabeth J. Fowler was born on December 28, 1921 in Ithaca, NY to Elizabeth and Clinton Jenkins. Betty, as she was called, and her twin brother Martin were inseparable and very fond of their large extended family. To maintain a sense of normalcy, Elizabeth and Clinton moved to Philadelphia with their new family when the twins were young. Betty attended school in Holy Child Parish and graduated from high school with honors. During a dance at Valley Forge’s military academy, she met a student band member, Donald Fowler, who would become her husband at 76. When she entered the life of an army woman, she traveled alone to the Philippines to meet Don at the end of the Second to join World War II. That was the beginning of a life of moving, adjusting, adventuring, meeting new people, and raising a family of 5 children plus dogs in various locations in the United States and abroad. Betty rose to the challenge of each new assignment and instilled in all her children a love of travel. She also continued her own interests, taking art classes in various studios and becoming an accomplished artist and craftswoman. She had a special fondness for butterflies and this image was frequently included in her artwork. She was also an accomplished cook and baker, self-taught skills that were greatly appreciated by her family and anyone lucky enough to be invited to parties she threw. Betty and Don returned to their home state of Pennsylvania and lived in Carlisle 10 years after retiring from military life. However, interest in exploring new places waned and they moved to Santa Fe to enjoy the people, culture and beauty of New Mexico for the next 38 years. Betty and Don were parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, and Betty loved to sing in the choir. In 2019 they returned to Pennsylvania and resided at Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg. Betty devoted her long life to being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and took special joy in the next generations of children. Her husband Don preceded her in death in December 2021. Betty leaves behind her 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She will also be remembered by many friends she has made over the years. Inurnment will be based at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY at a later date. Be at peace mom.

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