First Posted: 8/1/2007
Betty Louise LaCoe Ames, 79, of Clarks Summit, died Sunday, July 29, in the Intensive Care Unit of Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. Her husband of 29 years, the late Harold N. Ames, died September 1977. Born in Clarks Summit, the daughter of the late Christopher and Norma Beck LaCoe, she graduated from the Newton Ransom High School. Before retirement, she worked for 38 years in the Food Services Department in the Abington Heights School District in the Newton Ransom Elementary School. She was active in the Newton-Ransom community, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Methodist Church as both a member and an officer. She was also a member of the church choir for many years. She was a charter member of the Newton-Ransom Fire Company, as well as the first Captain of the Ambulance Squad. Having played basketball during high school, she became a follower and supporter of the Abington Heights Boys and Girls Teams. She was also involved in competitive cake and bread baking. She won the Betty Crocker National Award for Baking. She traveled to European and Middle Eastern countries. She will be missed by her family and community. She is survived by one daughter, Beth, Clarks Summit; a brother, Dr. Elvin C. LaCoe and his wife Esther, Clarks Summit. She was also preceded in death by a sister Lois LaCoe Hemmler and a son Robert Ames. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, from the Milwaukee Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara Pease officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Arrangements are from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 South State Street, Clarks Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newton-Ransom Fire Company, Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit PA 18411 or the Milwaukee United Methodist Church, C/O Beverly Brown 2519 Bald Mt. Rd, Clarks Summit PA 18411.