Elizabeth Leah Hammond Conroy
Published in The Washington Post on May 17, 2013


On May 14, 2013, Bette died peacefully at The Methodist Home in Washington,

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, James J. Conroy, III; and six children, Mary
Elizabeth Benati (the late Franco), James Brian Conroy, Helen Leah Conroy (Toby
Cozart), Amy Louise Conroy, Sarah Jane Canatsey (Brian), and Emily Anne Conroy; and
seven grandchildren, Katherine Canatsey Masey (Aaron), Jennifer Ciel Canatsey, John
Douglas Canatsey, II, Sarah Elizabeth Canatsey, Jasmine Leigh Ingham, Miles
Alexander Cozart, and James Anthony Cozart. She also left surviving two sisters, Carrie
McIntyre, and Katherine Clunk.

Bette was cheerful and optimistic. She graduated from
Western High School in 1948,
and earned degrees in Histbory and International Relations from George Washington

She was an avid reader, and a true Renaissance woman, with lifelong interests in history,
art, scholarly research, languages, cooking, gardening, travel, and genealogy. She had
great admiration for her many ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and the
Civil War.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8
p.m. at the Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, VA.

Interment at the Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton, VA, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bette's name to the
Fairfax County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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