Elizabeth (Betty) Wise, 97, passed away July 16th in Raleigh, NC at Brookdale Sr. Living Facility, where she resided since 2007.
Betty was born in Clarksburg, WV of parents, Herman and Agnes Gronemeyer. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA in 1939. She married Joseph Phillip Ast III the next year and they had 3 children. After being widowed in 1947, she married Harry Lawson Wise in 1951 and resided in Charleston, WV, until Harry’s death in 2007.
She was a competitive sportswoman, and enjoyed field hockey, tennis, swimming and snow skiing. She was a recipient of the “Emily Smith Medallion Award” for distinguished community service in 1970. She served as President of the Mt. Laurel Girl Scout Council of WV, and was active as a GS leader. She was President of the Women of the Church, First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV, a 50 yr. member of the PEO Sisterhood, and a member of the Allied Artist and Watercolor Society.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy Hood Ast Wise Smith (Charlie) Raleigh, NC and her son Joseph Phillip Aust IV (Kathleen Kelly) Charlottesville, VA. Betty had 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth (Susie) Fleming Ast Wise, her sister Jean Bruns and brother John Gronemeyer
A celebration of life will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7506 Falls Of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Urban Ministries of Wake County/ Vegetable Garden, 1390 Capital Bld., Raleigh, NC 27603 or PEO, Chapter BK, 8 Springmoor Dr., Raleigh, NC 27615.