Elizabeth Lynch Lavelle, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Stewart and Mary Buckley Lynch and grew up in Wilmington. Betty was predeceased by her husband John J. Lavelle, Jr., DDS; brothers Stewart and Eddie; sisters Eileen and Caroline; and grandson Christopher Lavelle. She is survived by her seven children and 11 grandchildren - Stewart (Lauri) Lavelle of Sarasota, Fla., and their children Cristin (Justin) and Kevin (Jen); David (MaryBeth) Lavelle of Venice, FL.; Mary Cairns of Kennett Square and her children Ian (Melissa) and Lindsay (Brent); Anne (Frank) Davolos of Wilmington and their children Megan (Billy), Michael (Mark), and Caitlin (Mike); Philip (Linda) Lavelle and their son Christopher (dec.) of Wilmington; John (Ann) Lavelle of Elverson, Pa., and his children Emma and Anna; and Gregory (Ruth) Lavelle of Wilmington and their children Kylie and Matthew; her sister Mary Isabelle Martelli and her brother Gerry (Joyce) Lynch. She was also blessed with great grandchildren Matilda, Charles, Lucia, Luke, Jack, Laura Marie, Eliza, Wilder, and Nash.
Betty graduated from Ursuline Academy and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Betty and Jack were married at St. Ann Catholic Church in Wilmington on September 27, 1952. They loved world-wide travel as well as spending time at their beach home in Avalon, NJ. Jack affectionally referred to Betty as Big Boss Betty and named his boat BBB. Summers were filled with family time on the beach, boating, and dinners. Kids and grandkids also came to love Avalon with Mom Mom and Pop Pop. Many years were enjoyed with family and friends on trips to the Cayman Islands. Betty was an active member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and the Junior League, served as a docent at Winterthur, volunteered with Al Anon, and enjoyed attending the Academy of Life Long Learning. She was a passionate reader, enjoyed playing tennis with family and friends and savored a dry white wine with dinner. An avid bridge player, she was a member of the Bridge Studio of Delaware.
The family sincerely appreciates the loving care provided by Ella, Chris, Lisa, and Bonita. These wonderful ladies contributed enormously to Bettys life. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Sunrise for the home and care they provided Betty.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE where overflow parking will be available at the adjacent Brandywine YMCA. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE. Interment will follow at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, or the Mary Campbell Center Children and Youth Program, 4641 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.