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Elizabeth "Betty" Violet Turnbaugh Garella

July 1, 1943 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Elizabeth "Betty" Turnbaugh Garella Obituary

Betty Garella, 80, of White Hall, Maryland, passed away on December 26, 2023, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Betty was born in Burlington, Vermont to the late Kathleen Virginia (Baker) and Charles Leonard Turnbaugh on July 1, 1943. As one of ten children, Betty always celebrated her birthday on July 2, until much later in life she discovered her actual birthday was on July 1. Apparently this was not unusual for the time with large families and she felt lucky that she got to celebrate on both days. She grew up on North Avenue in the New North End and spent much time on Starr Farm Beach, Lake Champlain. She graduated from Burlington High School.

Betty married the love of her life, Romeo James (Jim) Garella Jr. of Hawthorne, New Jersey, on September 14, 1963. They recently celebrated sixty years of marriage. After they married, they moved to Baltimore, Baldwin (on Brookes Cross Farm), and finally to White Hall, Maryland where they raised three children in a rural area of Northern Harford County surrounded by beautiful fields, farms, and forests.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband Jim of White Hall, Maryland, their devoted cat Nancy (who brings much comfort to Jim), and 3 children, daughter, Jeanine Sandra Garella Standish (Scott, Phillip) of Burlington, Vermont; son, Michael James Garella (Amanda) of Felton, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Lisa Kay Garella Johnson (Chris) of Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Betty adored her three grandsons Emerson Brookes Garella Standish, Carter Fields Garella Standish, and James David Wyatt Garella. She is also survived by two dear siblings, Nancy Ransom (Bob) and Charlie Turnbaugh (Kathi) and sister-in-law Sylvia Garella Rehrey as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, extended family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, Pearl, Peggy, Sandy, Kathy, Debbie, and Diane; one brother, Bobby and many cats.

Betty enjoyed her time raising a family encouraging her children to get outside. Many summer days were spent at the North Harford Swim Club. She loved holidays with family and gift giving. Betty spent many years being a caretaker for older folks in their homes, being their friend, preparing meals, and taking them to appointments. She was an excellent cook, making the best crab cakes and clam dip around.

Betty will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity to all people and animals, especially cats. She was a strong, outspoken spirit, but also deeply sensitive. She loved chatting on the telephone with friends and family. She deeply missed her siblings and spent many summers visiting Vermont in order to spend time with them.


Two gatherings for friends and family will be held:


March 10, 2024 in Burlington, VT; email for information.

April 27, 2024 in Fairfield, PA; email for information.

If you feel inclined, please consider making a donation to your local cat rescue organization or adopt a cat in need of a home. 

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