January 01, 1970

Elizabeth A. Wilkening Cecil
Age 98, of Cranberry Twp., formerly of Beaver County, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Bette was a long time resident of Beaver County. She was born and educated in Ambridge, and later lived in Economy and Harmony Twp, before moving to Sherwood Oaks. She completed secretarial study at Robert Morris College, and later worked for various businesses. After retirement, she still worked part-time as a bookkeeper for a good friend.

Bette loved golf and travel. She traveled to Europe, and had the opportunity to meet members from her husbands family. Her favorite city is London, and especially enjoyed cruising the Caribbean aboard her favorite cruise line, Royal Caribbean.

Bette was an avid reader, and was active at both Good Samaritan and St. Ferdinand Parishes. She was involved in the Women’s Club of Beaver Valley, of which she was a long time member. In addition to attending monthly luncheons, the members hold fundraisers to benefit libraries throughout Beaver County, as well as The Center for Abused Women.

Bette is survived by her three nieces, Lorraine Grant, Carol Burns, and Marilyn Russell; beloved companion Rudy Guilloud; and many loving great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends who will all miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter, and Teresa Karnoski; first husband, Walter Wilkening, second husband, Harold “Jack” Cecil; brothers, Francis (Helen) Karonski, and Peter (surviving Helen) Karnoski; nephew John Karnoski; great-nephew Johnny Karnoski.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday from 2-4 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 am at Divine Grace Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. Interment will follow at Divine Redeemer Cemetery, Fair Oaks, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Bette’s name to The Sherwood Oaks Scholarship Fund.

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  • Ellen Rinestine

    Sending prayers to the family and to Rudy. Betty and my mother Marie Teets were the best of friends. She traveled with Betty most of her life and was a great companion to her while she was living at Sherwoood Oaks. I had the opportunity to visit Betty a few months back when I was visiting family in Pittsburgh. Betty lived a long beautiful life and will be remembered as a beautiful person.


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