Elizabeth “Betty” Adair
Elizabeth Brandenburg “Betty” Adair passed away surrounded by her family on April 13 at 85 years old. She was a 60 year resident of Flourtown, adoring wife, mother, and grandmother, and longtime member and volunteer at the Flourtown Presbyterian Church. Full of love, fun, and generosity, Betty was busy everyday cooking for family, leading the welcoming committee at church, volunteering for the homeless, and entertaining her many, many friends.
She was born to Michael and Catherine Brandenburg, immigrants from Germany and Hungary, and grew up in North Philadelphia during the Depression and World War II. She babysat for all the neighborhood kids and worked as a soda jerk at the corner drugstore. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1949 and then began work as an executive secretary. In 1955 all that changed when she married George B. Adair and they moved to Chestnut Hill. They soon had their first child, daughter Beth, and then sons Stuart and Bill followed. In 1957 they moved to Flourtown. Betty lived in that house for the remainder of her life, spending most of her time in the kitchen and on her beloved porch — talking to all the neighbors who came by. For many years, Betty worked part-time jobs as a secretary and school librarian. She loved working with people.
Most of all Betty adored being a mother and grandmother, showing up at every play, concert, soccer and basketball game and always being the biggest cheerleader. She orchestrated incredible family fun — with her festive Christmases, her amazingly creative Halloween costumes, on treasured family vacations to Ocean City, and with her delicious spaghetti dinners and home-baked cakes. Extended family, friends, and neighbors were always welcome.
She cared lovingly for her husband George at home for many years during a long illness. After he passed away in 2008 she continued to live everyday to the fullest, attending orchestra concerts and ballet with friends, watching every Phillies game, and planning the next family get together. She celebrated her 85th birthday happily with a big family picnic.
She is survived by her three children, Beth Adair Hallowell (Stephen Hallowell), Stuart Adair (Reggie Pindell), and Bill Adair (Tom Grammer), and by three grandchildren Tim, Andrew, and Sarah Hallowell. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 11am (family visitation time at 10am) at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031. Guests may also gather following the service for refreshments at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Phila, PA. 19118 or The First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031.
I am very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a very nice lady.
Betty was a dear friend for so many years. She was an incredibly warm, kind, caring person and will be sorely missed.
She, Aunt Peggie, Katey, Beth and I had a lot of fun together in recent times. And we planned to do more of the same. ❤️
Betty was a very dear friend. We had so many wonderful times together. One thing is true of her. No one made a salad like she could make. Whenever we played pinochle with Joan, Mary and Al, Betty always insisted she bring a salad no matter what we were going to eat and “chippies.” She loved her potato chips.
God wanted Betty to be united with George so he quietly let her go to sleep. She was such a dear sole. She was the best Mother and Grandmother to her beloved family.. They have such wonderful, and long-lasting memories to carry them forward after this time of such sorrow.
I just know that heaven will be rejoicing at her “coming home.” She will be very missed by all her “dear” friends as she called each of the hundreds of people she knew.
Rest in Peace and may God’s light shine brightly upon you. We love you.