January 20, 1943 - March 10, 2019
Elizabeth Susan “Betty” Whitney was born on January 20, 1943, in Friend, and passed away on March 10, 2019, in Lincoln. She spent her childhood in McCook before graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and briefly teaching high school in Murdock. She was a longtime piano teacher, and a dedicated wife and travel partner to William E. Whitney, who preceded her in death on August 25, 1997.
She was a proud member of P.E.O., Delta Omicron music sorority, and the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. She supported music and the arts, taking great pride in her piano students' successes, and enjoying many performances at the Lied Center and other venues around Lincoln. She contributed to St. Mark's United Methodist Church for many years as an accompanist.
Betty is survived by her two children, Liz (Steve) Pearson and their daughter Ava, of Lincoln, and Bill (Joanna) Whitney and their daughter Olive, of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her brother Bill Bauer, cousins Judy Sweney and Jane Raetz, and other family and friends.
A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 S. 14th Street, Lincoln. Memorials may be given to the family for future designation. lincolnfh.com