Elizabeth V. Didier, a retired elementary school teacher, died of cancer Friday at her Grasonville home. The former Hamilton resident was 73.
Born Elizabeth Voelker in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore, she was a 1950 graduate of the old St. James the Less Commercial School.
After raising her family, she earned an associate's degree at the Community College of Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in teaching from Loyola College, where she also earned a master's degree. She was a reading and English specialist.
Mrs. Didier, who was known as Betsy, taught at St. Dominic's Parochial School in Hamilton in the early 1980s and later joined the faculties of the Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties' public school systems. She also taught adult literacy at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.
She married Kenneth B. Didier in 1972 and later moved to Grasonville.
She was a Sunday school teacher at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in Chester after volunteering at the old Red Cross headquarters in Charles Village in Baltimore, where she was a sign language instructor.
She also did crochet work, knitted and gardened.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave., where she had been a member.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 36 years; four sons, Matthew J. Zeller of Abingdon, Richard A. Zeller of Forest Hill, Robert M. Zeller of Fawn Grove, Pa., and Wayne Canapp of Pasadena; four daughters, Stephanie F. McDermott of Baltimore, Patricia A. Poe of Baltimore, Susan E. Schott of Towson and Jessica Canapp of Baltimore; a sister, Jeanne E. Shanahan of Baltimore; a brother; Bernard A. Voelker of Towson; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A marriage to Charles T. Zeller ended in divorce.