Adah Elizabeth “Beth” <I>Witsil</I> Unger


Adah Elizabeth “Beth” Witsil Unger

Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Sep 2014 (aged 73)
Burial Madison, Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Plot Memorial Park
Memorial ID 139974504 View Source

Adah Elizabeth Witsil Unger, known to most as Beth, passed away peacefully on September 1st, 2014 after a long battle with breast cancer. Born on September 22, 1940 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Beth was raised in classic New England style: white gloves, cotillions, piano lessons, unsweetened tea. She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1962 with a major in Classics. The study of ancient civilizations led Beth on a lifelong quest to travel the world and find every remaining Roman ruin, much to the boredom of her children. Luckily her husband, James Girard Unger, to whom she was married on June 26, 1965, was equally fond of slabs of stone.

Beth became a teacher of Latin in 1964 at Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware and taught in private schools in both Delaware and Georgia for over 30 years. Like her children, Beth’s students remember her as being obsessed with ancient relics, but also surprisingly modern and even kind of hip. At Atlanta’s Pace Academy, she was the leader of the school’s Academic Bowl team and could best the best in Trivia.

This dyed-in-the-wool New Englander traded in her blue for grey when visiting the town of Madison, Georgia on a sightseeing drive (probably looking for an aqueduct). Determined to raise her children there, she and her husband Jim moved into their antebellum dream house and fell in love with the people of Madison.

She was a longtime active member of the Madison Presbyterian Church, and was usually seen in the choir loft. In addition to her love of singing, Beth was a talented pianist and even played in a Dixieland band.

She was a proud mother to her son James G. Unger, Jr. and daughter Sarah Unger Hamilton and an even prouder grandmother to Margaret, Quinn, Alexis, and James. She visited them on layovers to port cities en route to fabulous cruises all around the world. At last count, she had visited over 70 countries from some of the world’s most notable ships, bringing back artifacts and stories to add to her collection. She saw her recent hospitalization as a terrible inconvenience because it caused her to miss her fifth cruise to Alaska.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Madison Presbyterian Church. The service will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to can donate to the Madison Presbyterian Church or The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia.

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