Elizabeth Ann (“Betteanne”) McCormick Murtha died September 8, 2020, at her home in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She was sixty-one.
Elizabeth was born July 27, 1959, to Elizabeth “Bette” Haldeman Snyder and Albert Fisher McCormick in Abington, Pennsylvania. She was preceded by Albert, as well as her adopted father, Robert Snyder.
Before moving to Hendersonville, Elizabeth was a resident of New Hope, Pennsylvania, following her retirement from a distinguished military career, spanning assignments from both North and South Carolina, California, and her final assignment at Willow Grove Joint Naval Air Station, in her hometown of Willow Grove and Hatboro, PA. Following high school, Elizabeth first enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter mechanic at only 17 years of age, where she was distinguished as the first female Marine to score expert as part of the firearm qualification. After successfully completing her enlistment, Elizabeth earned credentials as a Registered Nurse and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Elizabeth received her commission as a military officer in the United States Navy, serving with the Navy Nurse Corps, and during the Gulf War, specializing in neonatal intensive and pediatric care. Following her military retirement, Elizabeth was the Director of Hospital Security at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. Elizabeth was a member of the Military Officers Association of America, of the Humane Society, Guide Dogs of America, and Lions Club International.
Surviving Elizabeth are her mother; her children, Sarah Champion (Werner “Chris”) of Leicester, North Carolina, John Murtha of Palmyra, New Jersey, and Caitlin Murtha of Boca Raton, Florida; grandchildren Austin Moss of Leicester, North Carolina, and Grace Murtha of Palmyra, New Jersey; and a brother, Barry McCormick.
A private service and interment will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
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