Obituary: Elizabeth "Betty" Updegrave, 91, of East Lyme

John Ruggiero

EAST LYME, CT - (From Neilan Funeral Home) Elizabeth “Betty” N. Updegrave, 91 passed away peacefully due to Covid 19 on May 9, 2020. She was born on November 16, 1928 in Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mildred (Korach) Nickliss.

She was predeceased in 2007 by her loving husband Ronald J. Updegrave whom she married on May 13, 1950. They moved from Reading, PA. to Waterford, CT. in 1956 and then to East Lyme in 1968. Betty enjoyed countless days by the swimming pool watching all the grandkids play. We will forever remember her saying “keep the water in the pool!”.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Stephanie Stevens and fiance Glenn Harris, Lori Anderson and husband Wayne, and Dennis Updegrave and wife Wendy; grandchildren Eric (Shanel), Bryan (Melissa), Cheyenne (Wilson), Denver, Katie (John), Benjamin (Yearling) and Christopher. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and great grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by her brother Michael Nickliss and sister Madeline Weidman both of PA.

Due to the current conditions, funeral services will be private. Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, Niantic is in charge of arrangements.
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This article originally appeared on the The Lymes Patch