Elizabeth Ann Elmore (Betty), 76, Egg Harbor Township, died Wednesday, December 28th 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Born in Long Branch, NJ to Dominick Christopher and Frances “Babe” Christopher (nee Acerra), she is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Richard Elmore, her sister, Mary Lynn Christopher, her niece, Elizabeth DiPoalo and husband Rocco, and her grandniece Piper.
She graduated Shore Regional High School in 1964, and went on to earn a BS in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, a Masters in Economics (70) and ultimately a PhD in Economics (76) both from the University of Notre Dame. Her passion for continued education is demonstrated in the numerous scholarships and fellowships she has created at both these institutions and more.
She started her lifelong career in education as the first female faculty member in Economics at the University of Notre Dame (70-72) and went on to become a Full Professor of Economics at Stockton University (72-22). During her 50-year tenure, she accumulated countless accolades, including the Coordinator of the Economics Program, and lastly held the title of Director for the Stockton Center for Economic and Financial Literacy.
Betty was dedicated to keeping her large family history alive. She and Richard hosted numerous birthday and anniversary parties, compiling video montages, pictures and even having someone write her mother’s life history into a book.
Betty loved to travel and talk to new people. If you gave her your email she would be in touch. From adventures globally in Europe, Alaska and Hawaii, to places closer to home like the boardwalk in Ocean City, road trips to South Bend with her furry friend, Laddie, and introducing her family to the Disney Vacation Club, she would make new friends wherever she went. Even with all her travels, what Betty enjoyed most was spending her summers in Sea Bright, creating countless memories and traditions, like Christmas in July, with her beach club family.
If you knew Betty, you knew she could get lost in her home town, never wanted to throw anything away, and would rather pack food in her suitcase than buy it when she reached her destination. She would listen to any sales pitch for the free breakfast, and on more than one occasion was detained for trying to “smuggle fruit” out of Hawaii. But the legacy she leaves behind, is that of a kind, thoughtful, and above all generous person.
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, January 20 from 6pm until 8pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. Family and friends are asked to join on Saturday, January 21 at Our Lady Star Of The Sea, 101 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, for an 11am memorial mass. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.