Elizabeth B. "Bettie" Delaplaine, former director of special events for the Frederick News-Post newspaper and a community activist and patron of the arts, died Thursday at Frederick Memorial Hospital of complications from a blood infection and a kidney disorder.
The longtime Frederick resident, who was known as "Bettie," was 84.
The daughter of James M. Barker III, a contractor, and Alta Strickler Barker, a homemaker, the former Elizabeth Barker was born in Roanoke, Va., and was raised there and in Jacksonville, Fla., where she graduated in 1948 from Landon High School.
After graduating in 1952 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, which is now...