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Betty Markauskas

October 11, 1936 — February 3, 2023

Betty Ann Markauskas, 86, passed away on February 3, 2023, at the CalvertHealth Medical Center in Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on October 11, 1936, in Keystone, WV to the late Ethel and Acie Gearhart.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-six years, Joseph Markauskas of Saint Leonard, MD; daughters Susan Scarlett (Brian) of Bowie, MD, Christina Halt (Scott) of Saint Leonard, MD, and son-in-law, David Wessels of Port Republic, MD; her grandchildren, Jena Fisher, Denny Scarlett, Matthew Fisher (Jennifer); Joseph Wessels, Joshua Wessels (Hannah), Alex Halt (Harleigh), Noah Halt, Hannah Wessels, and ten loving great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Wessels, and grandson, Jonathan Wessels. In addition, she is loved by many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Betty spent her early life in Bluefield, WV where she graduated from Beaver High School in 1954. Soon after, she married the love of her life, Joseph, in January of 1957 in District Heights, MD. They then began their journey living in many different locations; eventually settling in Forestville, MD. After more than 30 years at their home on Benson Lane and valiantly serving alongside their friends with the Church of the Holy Spirit, they moved to St. Leonard, MD. Regardless of where she lived, her love and compassion for others always made each of these places home.

Betty found enjoyment in baking and cooking, she was specifically passionate about feeding friends, family, and those in need.  Her chocolate cookies and barbeque were famous at family gatherings and special occasions. At the end of the day, friends and family were the most important. Over the years, she worked tirelessly for her community, serving with many organizations such as Forestville Pregnancy Center, Forestville League of Christian Kindness, Meals on Wheels, and Safe Nights of Calvert County. She was always there to support family, friends, and strangers; her door was always open.

The family will receive friends at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on February 8th, 2023. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM with interment immediately following at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens in Port Republic, MD.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Shriners Hospitals for Children in Betty’s honor and/or  



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