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St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Wednesday October 3rd, 2018

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Yavits

Elizabeth “Betsy” Patterson Yavits died peacefully surrounded by family on September 27, 2018.

Betsy was born on February 23, 1950, in Miami, Florida.  She spent her youth in her home state of Florida with a great love for her family and the ocean.  She graduated from St. Leo College in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and from Elmira College in 1993 with a Master’s degree in Adult Education.  She married Robert “Bob” Yavits in 1984.  Together, they raised a son and a daughter.

Betsy lived a deeply spiritual life with a deep connection to God and her family.  She was passionate about genealogy and expressed her immense creativity through many endeavors, including bead work.  Tenderhearted and caring, Betsy was loved for her gentle nature.  All who knew Betsy will remember her warm, caring smile.

Betsy is survived by her husband Bob Yavits, daughter Lillian Yavits, brother George Patterson, and grandsons Owen, Theodore, and Gage.  She is preceded in death by her son Travis Yavits.

Betsy will be buried in a private ceremony on October 1, 2018.  A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2720 Slaterville Road, Slaterville Springs, NY.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Betsy’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Betsy’s name to Hospicare of Ithaca, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

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What a loss. Betsy was such abeautiful person inside and out. We were fortunate to have her amongst us as part of the TC3 faculty for many years. Her obituary describes her to a tee - warm, gentle and caring. My heart breaks for the entire family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Matty Hamel Oct 3 2018 12:00 AM

Bob, I am so sorry to hear about Betsy. My sincerest condolences to you and your family; my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Mary Sheldon

Mary Sheldon Oct 2 2018 12:00 AM

To all of Betsy's family, our condolences to each of you in the loss of this very decent, loving and caring person. Betsy's posts and missives which we followed over the year s repeatedly demonstrated her loving, caring kind and thoughtful nature. Hopefully, each of you are and will be comforted in the future by her life's loving example. Blessings on each of you, the McCoun clan.

the McCouns Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

I remember Betsy as part of our theater group at St. Leo College. She was a wonderful person ad friend. May God comfort her family and be with you.
Ed Jalowski

Ed Jalowski Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

An A Dream in Pink was sent on September 30, 2018

Our condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time of loss. Please let us know if there is something, we could help with. Alex and Andrea Nikitin 24 Settlement Road

Expression of Sympathy Sep 30 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Elizabeth "Betsy" Yavits

Jane (Deyerle) Keyzer-Andre Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM