Betty Cramer, 67, Sun operator

September 21, 2006

Betty Cramer, a retired telephone operator for The Baltimore Sun who for many years was one of the voices greeting and assisting callers to the newspaper, died Sunday of complications from multiple sclerosis at Harbor Hospital. She was 67.

She was born Elizabeth Louise Keller in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue.

She attended parochial schools and Glen Burnie High School.

In the late 1950s, she worked as an operator for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., then as a teller for Maryland National Bank in Glen Burnie before becoming an operator for the newspaper in 1966.

Mrs. Cramer had lived for many years in the 800 block of St. Paul St.

She retired from the paper in 1992 after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease.

She was a cat lover and a Colts and Orioles fan.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary for Betty Cramer in yesterday's editions omitted in the listing of survivors her brother, Joseph W. Keller of Newport, Tenn. The Sun regrets the error.

"She seldom missed a home game," said her sister, Theresa E. Volkman of Pasadena, with whom she had lived the past several years.

"She also loved living in the city, and the Inner Harbor."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Fink Funeral Home, 426 Crain Highway SW, Glen Burnie.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Her marriages to David Cramer and Jerry Pekar, ended in divorce.

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