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Elizabeth duFour Bliss

DEC. 4, 1920-FEB. 26, 2013

February 27, 2013

Elizabeth "Bette" duFour Bliss, 92, died peacefully Feb. 26, 2013, at Homewood Nursing Home in Williamsport, Md. She had resided at Homewood since May 1997.

A New York native, she graduated from Pleasantville (N.Y.) High School, then received her B.A. from the Women's College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1942. She moved to New York City to work, and she married Welles Royce Bliss, an Episcopal minister, in 1945. They lived in the Borough of Totowa, Nutley, and Belvidere, N.J.; St. James, Md.; and Sarasota, Fla. They moved to the Hagerstown, Md., area in 1991. Her husband died in 1996.

Bette was very active in each community where she lived, and was known for her wonderful personality and smile. She enjoyed various needlecrafts. While in New York City, she and Welles sang with the Robert Shaw Chorale.

Survivors include daughter, Julia Bliss Barlup and husband, Phillip Barlup, of Smithsburg, Md., and their daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Doug Donegan of Arlington, Va.; and daughter, Jane Bliss, and her daughter, Emily, of Haddon Heights, N.J. She also is survived by son, Michael, his wife, Beth, and their son, Julian, of Brigantine, N.J.; and son, Peter, of King of Prussia, Pa.

A memorial service will be held in Sarasota.

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