Elizabeth Theiss Haese

Elizabeth “Betty” Theiss Haese, 92, of Arlington, Virginia, passed into eternal life on January 31, 2018. An accomplished golfer, volleyball player and gifted with hospitality, she was the middle child of seven born to Michael and Katharina Theiss of Canton, Ohio. Before marrying professional baseball player Jack Scott Haese in 1947, she was an employee of the Hoover Company in Canton and Mackey Air Transport as a flight attendant out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Jack and Betty settled in Waukegan, Illinois in 1948 where she often won golf championships, was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and worked as an instructional aide for Waukegan Unit #60 Public Schools. In 1981, Betty moved to Washington, D.C. where she lived for the next 37 years; there she fully implemented her gift of hospitality. Betty worked for three years at the leadership retreat center known as The Cedars, followed by 16 years at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities where she gained a long list of students and staff who adored her. The garden at the Council is name after her.

Betty’s final years were spent at the retirement center Culpepper Gardens in Arlington, where she actively practiced her welcoming spirit and never gave up on her love of people and love of golf. She is survived by her two sons John Michael Haese and Jay Peter Haese, her daughter Kathrine Haese Gathro, grandchildren Dani Haese Neikirk, Derek Haese, William Gathro and Katarina Gathro Cain , and great-grandchildren Penelope and R. Cooper Haese, and, Anna and Joseph Neikirk.

Betty will always be remembered for her phrase, “Know you are loved!”. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her grandson’s academy for baseball, academic and leadership development in the Dominican Republic. www.haeseacademy.com.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on March 3, 2018 with a memorial service at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203
At 2:00 pm.


9 Responses to Elizabeth Theiss Haese

  1. Amy Hoyt says:

    Nicely lived, Betty! Enjoy Gods’ eternal gift. Peace to all who loved her.

  2. David & Nancy Low says:

    We are with you in spirit. What a life joyfully lived. She will be remembered by so many whose lives she touched with Christ’s love.

  3. Lynn wrzosek says:

    Kathy… what a beautiful tribute to your mom! What an adventurous, wonderful life she lived! May she remain in all of your hearts forever!

  4. Ron Gaskins says:

    … and still spreading love even in her last months of life at Kat’s wedding where all the family gathered with her to joyously celebrate together … and now beyond life honoring the underprivileged through her grandson’s academy.

    I pray I live my last days encouraging others so well. Thank you, Betty, for such a fine example.

    We were so glad to see her as the Flower Girl at the wedding.

    We are praising God for a life well-lived.

  5. Diane Dewald says:

    So beautifully said, Kathy. Aunt Betty was a wonderful person. I’m blessed to have known her.

  6. Julie Harris says:

    What a lady! What a life! To be remembered for loving people well is a beautiful legacy. Love and prayers to the whole family. xo

  7. Jim Morris says:

    Betty was always a ‘chipper’ person who was always there for you. She will be missed by many in Arlington…

  8. Nancy Mercer says:

    Kathy,
    Your mother was a force, thank you for sharing…she lives on in each of you!

  9. Leafblad Vicki says:

    Betty was a wonderful mentor to me. We played volleyball together for years. I always enjoyed her hospitality, her great spirit of giving to others & most of all her love for her Savior. She finished well. Kathy, my confidences to you & your family.
    Vicki Indlecoffer Leafblad

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