Obituary: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Vail

Elizabeth (Betty) Vail died Friday, March 16 at the age of 95 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. She was born Dec. 22, 1922 in St. Paul, Minn. and raised in Minneapolis. She married Malcolm (Weed) Vail on October 23, 1942. After living in Geneva, Illinois with their three daughters for 50 years, she and Malcolm moved to their beloved Ephraim in 2011. After 71 years of marriage, Weed died Nov. 19, 2013.

Betty is survived by her three daughters – Leslie Harsch (Roy) Geneva, Illinois; Frances Vail of Northbrook, Illinois; and Sarah Birkinbine (John) of Northfield, Illinois; her four grandchildren – Christopher Vieau (Cristina); Deborah Cange (Edwin); Malcolm (Skip) Harsch (Matt Killen); Kristen Birkinbine Kelly (Kevin); her six great grand-children – Cheyenne and Cayman Vieau, Eddie and Sophie Cange, Ryan and Erin Kelly; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration will be held this summer.

Donations in her honor may be made to Good Samaritan Society Scandia Village, the Ephraim Yacht Club or the Ephraim Historical Foundation.

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