Betty LaRee Walls Manspeaker, 97, of Tyrone, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 27, 2020. She was born on September 22, 1923 in Hollidaysburg, a daughter of the late Irvin D. and Margaret (Replogle) Walls.
She was preceded in death by sister Virginia Strayer, brother Irvin D. Walls and Dean W. Manspeaker.
Betty graduated from Hollidaysburg High School in 1941 and was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II stationed in Baltimore, MD. She also worked at Slinky Toys and the Proctor Silex Corp. She was a devoted and beloved mother to Eileen (Lynn) Steinkraus of Rockville, MD, and Peggy Manspeaker of Port Ludlow, WA. She loved flowers, gardening, animals and travel. Her quiet demeanor belied a quick wit and adventurous nature, having ridden camels, flown in a two-seater airplane over the Outer Banks in North Carolina and skate boarding in her early 80s. She was also an accomplished oil painter. Active and alert to the end, for the last 10 years she has greatly enjoyed the fellowship of her many friends at Graystone in Tyrone.
Respecting her wishes, her funeral and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to support a favorite animal shelter or rescue organization or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Interment will be at Dry Hill Cemetery in Bedford County. Arrangements by the Derman Funeral Home, Inc., Tyrone.