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In Memoriam: Elizabeth (Betty) Napleton

July 29, 2016
Elizabeth (Betty) R. Napleton, a co-founder of the Napleton Auto Group, which operates more than 80 franchises in multiple states, died July 20 at age 91.
Mrs. Napleton served in the U.S. Naval Academy in World War II as a member of the WAVES program (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), which was created during that war in response to the need for additional military personnel. At the war’s end, there were well over 8,000 female officers and some 10 times that many enlisted WAVES, about 2½ percent of the Navy’s total strength.
She is survived by daughters Ellen and Mimi; sons Edward, Stephen, Gerald, Paul, William and Robert; 34 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Donations appreciated to Sisters of Mercy, in Omaha, Neb., and to Misericordia, in Chicago.