Betty Marie Auten, a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 16, 2021, with her family by her side in Fallston, MD. She was 91 years old.
A resident of Rosedale, MD, Betty was born on December 24, 1929, in Greensboro, N.C, to the late Boyce and Sallie Gillespie. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband Andy in 1983.
Growing up in North Carolina, her family moved to Baltimore during WWII so her father could work for the Glenn L. Martin Company, better known as Martin Marietta.
Betty was a charter member of the Middle River Baptist Church, founded in 1945, and a member of the Community Clothes Closet and Prayer Chain.
Betty was most proud of her job as a nursing assistant at Franklin Square Hospital. She first worked with cardiac patients in the heart unit then moved on to her favorite role, working in the nursery with the newborns. She was always recognized for her compassionate care, and was happiest taking care of the babies. She was very proud of her nursing accomplishments and of the lovely clock she received as a retirement gift from the hospital.
Her favorite past times were crafting, shopping, going out to eat with family and friends, enjoying peach milkshakes and watching her soaps, QVC and CNN. A lover of animals, she also spent a great deal of time caring for many cats that would show up at her back door. Some were even lucky enough to end up in her house lounging on the bed or couch with her.
Betty is survived by her sisters Mary Helen Blackmon and Patricia Frailer as well as her brother-in-law Bill Bohlen. She was preceded in death by her sister Linda Bohlen, and brothers-in-law Ron Frailer and Wesley Blackmon.
She is survived by her son Ron Eckstein and his wife Brenda of Bel Air, MD and son Wayne Eckstein of St. Petersburg, FL.
Betty and her husband Andy, together also raised daughters Denise Roth and Cynthia Summey, and sons Andrew Hipps, and Keith Hipps, as well as numerous foster children during their lives together.
Betty is also survived by her granddaughter Tiffany Eckstein (Tim) with whom she shared a birthday and her great-granddaughters, Ally, Brendle, and Madeline.
All who loved Betty dearly will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace and undying love and caring for them.
A memorial service to be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Middle River Baptist Church or the Maryland SPCA.