Elizabeth A. Walters, education administrator

October 18, 2008

Elizabeth A. Walters, a retired religious education administrator who earlier had worked for the National Security Agency, died Oct. 9 of esophageal cancer at her daughter's home in Stevensville. She was 77.

Elizabeth "Bettie" Anne Yent was born in Baltimore and raised on Homestead Street. She attended Seton High School and graduated from Eastern High School in 1949.

From 1950 to 1955, she worked as the Albanian analyst at Fort Meade for the old Army Security Agency, which later became the NSA.

Mrs. Walters was a communicant and worked as religious education administrator at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park from 1968 to 1995.

She also volunteered with the church's Operation Care, which helped care for and feed the homeless.

"She made sandwiches and was known for her Bettie's Basket," said her daughter, Linda Lee Deems.

Mrs. Walters was also a member of the Church on the Rock, a nondenominational church, in Millersville.

Mrs. Walters, who was seldom without a hat, enjoyed shopping, sewing and reading.

"She loved to read everything except romance novels," her daughter said.

Mrs. Walters was also a cat fancier and enjoyed caring for Hobo, a stray she had taken in.

She was married for 491/2 years to Theodore Norman Walters, who also worked at the NSA. He died in 2000.

Services were Tuesday.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael F. Walters of Frederick and Ronald S. Walters of Millersville; a brother, Walter E. Yent Jr. of Baltimore; and a grandson.

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