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Elizabeth G. Speaker (Aunt Betty)

(Aunt Betty)

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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Elizabeth G. Speaker

STERLING – Elizabeth G. Speaker, 94, of Sterling, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at her home.

Elizabeth was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Old Dominion, Virginia, the daughter of Ross and Lucy (Turner) Bugg. Her adoptive parents were William and Ida Susan Gamber. She graduated from Myerstown High School and Mansfield State University in Pennsylvania. She married Charles Leo Speaker on July 15, 1945, in Myerstown. She was a local educator in Sterling Public Schools for 25 years, teaching home economics and English. She was involved in, and volunteered with, many charitable and non-profit community organizations.

She is survived by two sons, Tom (Cathy) Speaker of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and William (Mary Beth) Speaker of Sarasota, Florida; four grandchildren, Delicia Speaker of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Elizabeth (Cody) Speaker of Tumwater, Washington, Stephanie Speaker of New Haven, Connecticut, and Megan Speaker of Sarasota, Florida; her special niece, Jan (Bob) Prescott of Sterling; and other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents and adoptive parents; five brothers; and one sister.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.

Memorials have been established to the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society and First Congregational Church/the Big Red Church.

Visit schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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