Elizabeth (Betsy) Ellen Daine, 90, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2023, in Baltimore, Maryland, surrounded by her loved ones.
Betsy was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of the late Colonel William Henry Daine and Dorothy (Shuey) Daine. Betsy’s family lived on several army bases throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines as her father was a surgeon in the Army during WW2. Betsy attended high school in Colorado and Kentucky, graduating from Fort Knox High School in 1950. Betsy graduated from Stephens College and the University of Iowa where she received a degree in Education.
She was an elementary school teacher before meeting and marrying 1LT Robert Fisher, with whom she had one son. Sadly, her husband, a U.S. Army Aide to a General, perished in a military plane crash while they were stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco.
Betsy later met and married former Frankfort resident, Charles Smith, now a retired U.S. Navy Captain. Betsy had three more children and was a devoted mother and dedicated Navy Wife for 30 years. She and her family were stationed on Naval bases on both coasts. She hosted many dinners and parties and was a long-time member of various Navy Wives clubs. Betsy always made everyone feel welcome in her home.
She was a member of the Tantallon Women’s Golf Club in Maryland and had fun searching for treasures in antique stores. She was committed to volunteering for organizations such as Arlington Cemetery, Meals on Wheels, and teaching adult literacy. Additionally, she spent countless hours volunteering for SCAN and CASA, programs that enrich the lives of children, especially those in the Juvenile Court system. She received several accolades for her invaluable volunteer service.
Betsy was very creative, spending many hours making ceramics and other items with her craft groups. She also enjoyed travelling, and was lucky enough to visit Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Africa, Italy and Scandinavia. She especially loved travelling to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Her 70th, 80th and 90th birthday family reunions are the source of many treasured memories. She proudly attended her grandchildren’s school, sports, and church events. You could always find her taking pictures of her loved ones. Betsy was always ready to offer advice or share her wisdom during calls and visits with everyone, particularly, her grandchildren.
Visitation and Services
Betsy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Betsy’s name to either: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Marylandcasa.org or SCAN of Northern Virginia (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) Scanva.org
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Daine Fisher Smith (Eyreka), Derrick Smith (Anne), Drew Smith (Mary Agnes), and Dia-Dianne Lubin (Mark), as well as her seven grandchildren, Drew, Sam, Stephanie, Veronica, Matthew, Tommy, and Bowynn.
Betsy is predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Don and Bob Daine, and her beloved husband Bob Fisher.