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November 14, 2013

Betty Lou Eldred

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COOPERSTOWN — Betty Lou Eldred, who was lovingly called “GiGi Chocolate” by her family, died late Thursday morning, Nov. 7, 2013, at Otsego Manor. She was 85.

Born May 4, 1928, in Ilion, she was a daughter of George B. and Edna Lillian (Haack) Bird.

She married Ronald LeRoy Eldred on Dec. 31, 1953, in Cooperstown.

Betty is survived by her son, Stephen J. Eldred and his wife, Bonnie of Hartwick; three grandchildren, Angela Leinhart and her husband, Jon, Chad Eldred and Marcy Canady; and four great-grandchildren, August Lott, Crosby Leinhart, McKenna George and Drew Canady.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ronald, who died July 27, 2001; and their son, Robert (”Bobby”) James Eldred, who died May 14, 2001.

A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the home of Stephen and Bonnie Eldred, 159 Wileytown Road, Hartwick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.