Elizabeth Pride Bartholomaei, of Amelia Island, FL, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2018 surrounded by family members at The Retreat in Osprey Village where she had many loving caregivers.
Born June 26, 1922, in Poughkeepsie, NY, Betty was the daughter of George H. and Elizabeth P. Scott. During WWII she worked in a hematology clinic in Connecticut. Her career path included the “Toy Lady” at Vassar hospital enabling fun for children and the “Book Lady” at Adriance Memorial Library where she traveled to outlying areas with the library’s Story Bus delivering story hours to children and lending services for adults. After completing a certification program at Columbia University, she was appointed as the Director of Volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh, NY until her retirement. At the hospital, she trained and provided staff for the hospital and several offsite clinics, established a mastectomy support group, which provided breast cancer patients with support services, and coordinated fundraising events and activities with the Women’s Auxiliary.
Betty received many accolades and awards for her gardening skills. She was a volunteer for many organizations and was an active member in the Zonta Club, and dinner, bridge and mahjong groups. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Betty married Clifford H. Pride on September 19, 1943 and spent 41 years as his loving wife until his passing. Their two children, Scott (Cyndi) Pride and Sue (Don) Hughes, have four grandchildren, Sarah (Justin) Foose, Chris (Zoe) Pride
Devin (Angie) Hughes, and David Pride. She was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Foose and Alexis and Kellan Pride.
In 1986, Betty married Nathaniel T. Bartholomaei. They enjoyed 31 years together residing in Beekman, NY, Hilton Head, SC, and Amelia Island, FL. They travelled extensively and were socially very active. The dinner parties they hosted were always superb as she was an excellent cook. Betty will be remembered for her love of her family and friends, her willingness to help others, and her sometimes feisty personality.
Private family services will be held at a future date. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.greenpinefuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.