Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Elizabeth Haines

   Elizabeth Byram Haines (Betty Antle), 81, of South Euclid, Ohio, (formerly of Gladwin) died suddenly Thursday, June 23, 2005, at Seven Springs Nature Preserve, Burt Lake, near Indian River.

   She was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Newton, New Jersey, to Paul Byram Haines, a surveyor and forester and Emma Matilda Narvarre a schoolteacher. She was a WAVE in the U.S. Navy (Dec. 16, 1943 to Jan. 14, 1946), and as a pharmacist’s mate 2nd class was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. She married Robert Charlton Antle, M.D. on April 1, 1950 in Detroit. They lived in Bay City from 1962-86, when they moved to Sun River (Bend), Oregon. She was a Gladwin (Sugar Springs) resident from 1997-2001, at which time she moved to South Euclid, Ohio to help with her newest grandson.

   Elizabeth swam regularly at the Sugar Springs swimming pool, enjoyed the game of bridge, introduced friends to snowshoeing, and was a member of the Gadabouts and the Sugar Springs Stitchers.

   She was an ardent environmentalist, forever picking up litter and recyclables, walking and riding her bicycle instead of driving. She was a lifetime birdwatcher and bird feeder. She supported the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation. She loved gardening and was always planting, replanting or weeding.

   She was an eager and adventurous traveler. As a “senior,” she had hiked in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, twice rafted rivers and hiked in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, walked the Great Wall in China, kayaked in Glacier Bay National Park, camped among the wild dogs in Botswana, kayaked and explored Mayan ruins in Belize, swam with sea lions and penguins in the Galapagos and visited Machu Picchu in Peru, viewed tigers from elephant back in India and Nepal and most recently celebrated her 80th birthday snorkeling in Bonaire. The only thing she enjoyed more than having an adventure was planning her next one.

   She believed strongly in education and was continually taking college classes in an effort to learn new things. She was very proud that all of her children attained advanced degrees. She took her children, nieces, nephews and their friends on educational vacations, yearly educational trips to museums, factories, parks, and other places of national historic significance throughout the United States.

   She was a very determined person with a very can-do attitude. She could bake a fantastic pie from scratch, sew a sequined dance costume, knit scarves and sweaters, cane a chair (she hand caned a rocking chair for each daughter to rock her babies in and hand quilted each grandchild a quilt), refinish furniture, use a mitre box, navigate with a compass, drive a car full of children skiing or to a swim meet, or drive herself across country camping along the way with just her tent and sleeping bag with equal ease. She will be forever missed.

   She is survived by her former husband, Robert C. Antle, M.D. of Bend, Oregon; daughters, Joan E. Antle-Schmidt (Robert) of Lyndhurst, Ohio and Nancy Antle Chilcote (David) of Pepper Pike, Ohio; son, John R. Antle of Little Rock, Arkansas; adopted son, Kent C. Antle of Los Altos, California; grandchildren, Galen and Raina Antle in California, and Courtney and Albert Chilcote and James Schmidt in Ohio; a sister, Patricia Haines Scurlock of Kirkland, Washington. Both parents, her brother, Paul (Bud) Haines, and her sister, Catherine Haines Steadman both of Lake Worth, Florida, predeceased her.

   A memorial service and celebration of her life will be Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Western Reserve, 30500 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike OH 44124. The Rev. Carol Wedell (cwedell@CWRPCUSA. com) will officiate. For more information, email or write Joan Antle-Schmidt, 1504 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, OH 44124-2509. Additional information can be viewed at: ySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory &PersonId=14537070.

   Memorials can be made to Little Traverse Conservancy ( 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-347-0991.

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