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Betty I. Colebert, 92, Girl Scout leader, quilter; June 18, 1918 -- March 18, 2011

Betty I. Colebert, a former Girl Scout board member and prolific quilter, died Friday in her Orchard Park home after an illness. She was 92.

A former East Aurora resident, Mrs. Colebert served on the board of directors of the Buffalo & Erie County Girl Scout Council in the 1960s. She was a longtime troop leader, a consultant for Brownie troops for four years until 1964 and a bloodmobile volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Born Betty I. Lewis, Mrs. Colebert grew up in Olean and attended Olean High School. In Olean, she met and married Bernard H. Colebert. The couple traveled to India for three months in 1967, when Mr. Colebert helped set up a training course for the intelligence wing of the Indian Revenue Service.

A longtime quilter, she sewed more than two dozen quilts by hand for her family, including three daughters, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was a member of the East Aurora Garden Club and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Orchard Park.

After retirement, she and her husband spent time at their homes in Albuquerque, N.M., Sarasota, Fla., and Rushford Lake. She moved to Orchard Park in 1998 after the death of her husband of 62 years.

Mrs. Colebert is survived by three daughters, Glenda R. Sleeper, Alice M. Hutchins and Jane E. Jewell.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 6595 East Quaker St., Orchard Park.


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