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 Betty <I>Detweiler</I> King

Betty Detweiler King

Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Sep 2010 (aged 82)
Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Burial Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 59002171 · View Source
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Betty Detweiler King, 82, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va., surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Souderton, Pa., on March 10, 1928, the daughter of Lillian and Elmer Detweiler and the sister of Richard and Robert Detweiler, all of whom are now deceased. She resided at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

Betty is survived by her husband of 60 years, Aaron, and her eight children: Michael (Joan Kenerson) of Telford, Pa., and Harrisonburg, Va.; Jewel (Angela Kreider) of Scottsville, Va.; Robert of Philadelphia, Pa.; Steven Wiebe-King (Jill Wiebe) of Richmond, Va.; Marty (Sharon Geigley) of Harrisonburg, Va.; Noël of Keswick, Va.; Heidi of Wakarusa, Ind.; and Starla (Sandy Manne) of Ashburn, Va. Her daughter Angela passed away in 2001. Betty is also survived by eight grandchildren: Michael and Joan's daughters, Kristy (Adam Hamilton), Katie, and Rachael (J. Michael Harnish); Steven and Jill's children, Juliet and Robert Thomas; and Marty and Sharon's children, Eric, Kari and Andy.

Betty and Aaron and their family were missionaries in Cuba and Mexico before returning to live in Harrisonburg in the 1970s, where they continued to be active in the church and community. The family presented musical programs for a number of years, and Betty and Aaron were very involved in the Hispanic community, as well as in prison ministry. Betty was one of the first women ordained in the Virginia Mennonite Conference, to allow her to serve alongside Aaron as a prison chaplain.

Betty, who learned to play the piano from her beloved aunt Esther Musselman at the age of 6, loved music in particular and taught piano for many years as well as being an accomplished piano player herself. Fluent in Spanish, she enjoyed working as a translator in the local community. Betty also loved to write and to gather her family around her whenever possible for parties and celebrations.

Betty, also known as "the Queen" to her family and friends, will be sorely missed by many. A private burial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Lindale Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, followed by a public memorial service at 3 p.m. at the church. Visitation with the family will be held in two places: 9 to 11 a.m. in Strite Auditorium at VMRC and also 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Lindale Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Betty may be made to Eastern Mennonite University or to Virginia Mennonite Missions: Development Office, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; Virginia Mennonite Missions, 901 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Betty and Aaron, all nine of their children, and many of their grandchildren and in-laws attended EMU, and mission's work has always been close to Betty's heart.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record, Harrisonburg VA
Sept 21, 2010

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 59002171
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betty Detweiler King (10 Mar 1928–17 Sep 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59002171, citing Lindale Mennonite Church Cemetery, Linville, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by JMB (contributor 46947904) .