Betty Meagher Johnpeter
Apr 19, 2012
Betty Meagher Johnpeter
April 19, 2012
Betty Meagher Johnpeter, of Savannah, Ga., died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Marsh View Senior Living.
Born Feb. 10, 1922 in Orient, Ill., to the late George and Myrtle Camp Meagher, she was raised in West Frankfort, Ill. She earned her bachelor\'s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign. During World War II, she played an important role in developing antibiotics while employed as a bacteriologist for Abbott Research Laboratories in Chicago, Ill. Her work was recognized in several scientific articles and books.
She married Charles Albert Johnpeter, of Posey, Ill., on Sept. 21, 1946, in Champaign, Ill. After raising their children in Athens, they were able to travel extensively, exploring dozens of countries and delighting in the cultures they discovered. She continued to travel on her own after her husband\'s death in 1989.
Moving to Savannah, Ga. in 1991, she continued her passion for exquisite hand quilting and sewing, reading and playing bridge. She maintained many friendships through the Savannah Newcomers Club and The Landings New Neighbors and participation in many of their activities.
Survivors include three children, Johanna Johnpeter Hutson of Savannah, Ga., Charles Albert Johnpeter and his wife, Sue, of Naperville, Ill., and Sarah Louise Johnpeter of Savannah, Ga.; four grandchildren, William Charles Hutson, Thomas Johnpeter Hutson and his wife, Lara, Elizabeth Johnpeter Anderson and her husband, Dennis, and Anna Whaley Johnpeter; three great-grandchildren, Natalie Claire Hutson, Dennis Zachary and Charlotte Elizabeth Anderson; and one sister, Georgia Meagher of Atlanta, Ga.
She also leaves her dear friend and longtime caregiver, Sylvia Jackson of Savannah, Ga. The family also wishes to thank caregiver Priscilla Collins, also of Savannah.
All our lives were enhanced by having been touched by her intelligence, creativity and love.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Home, located at 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, located at 54 Diamond Causeway. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at City Cemetery in Carlyle, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or online at www.mayoclinic.org
Fox & Weeks Funeral Home of Savannah, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.