The members of the General Meade Society wish to remember Betty McCormick, the wife and mother and dutiful Society member who did so much to arrange all of its trips and events. All who have participated in these functions and twho knew Betty, are aware of how much effort, care and kindness she put into helping make them successful. Our hearts are broken at her loss, and our condolences go out first to her family, all her children and grandchildren, but foremost to Jerry McCormick, her husband and companion of over fifty years. We grieve with them and will miss her immensely.
Here is a remembrance of Betty from Tom Kearney that expresses his sentiments …
*** A Tribute by Tom Kearney ***
Judi and I said good-by today to a most wonderful and exciting lady. Betty Louise McCormick was one of the most assertive, adamant, cordial and vibrant women we know. We met Betty and her husband Jerry (My Brother From Another Mother) back around 2000 when they became members of The General Meade Society. We liked them immediately. It was Betty who came up with the idea that Judi and I become the refreshment committee for all of the Society’s events where refreshments were served. This very quickly developed into The Kearney Kommissary, and it served the society well at their two big events – General Meade’s Birthday Celebration and their annual symposium for 15 wonderful years. Betty and Jerry were together for 53 years and were married for 45 of those years. She and Jerry, who served as GMS treasurer, organized all the Spring and Fall field trips for many, many years. When Betty worked at Amy’s Gift Shop in the Reading Terminal Market, I always made it a point to stop and see her when I was getting ready to take the train home to Ambler after a day of volunteering at the Roman Catholic High School alumni office. Betty and Jerry were both active as Friends Of Laurel Hill Cemetery and Friends Of West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Jerry was also the officiant at her service and delivered a wonderful eulogy of her time since he is also a docent and tour guide at both cemeteries. Betty will be dearly missed by all. Rest in peace.