Betty L. Shields

Mother, Grandmother, Best Friend Betty L. Denning Shields, 79, of Erie and formerly of Portland, NY, died Monday July 22, 2013 at UPMC

Hamot following a brief illness. She was born in Erie on July 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Clifford A. and Esther M. Dennington Denning.

Betty was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and loved life. She was a rock for her family and was always giving for others. Her giving nature was evident every day of her life. Her family was her life and she would do anything for them. She enjoyed bingo and shopping. In addition to her

parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Ronald Denning. Survivors include one son, William J. Shields, Jr. and his wife Linda of Fre-

donia, NY; five daughters, Beckie Rick and her husband Larry of Erie, Bunnie Perkins and her husband David of Westfield, NY, Brenda Tafelski and her husband Ken of Erie, Beth O’Baker and her husband Darryl of Harborcreek, and Belinda Wassell and her husband Aaron of Erie; one

brother, Larry Denning of Erie; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; her former husband, William J. Shields, Sr. of Brocton, NY; one niece, Michelle Denning of Philadelphia; and her dog, Skyler. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to services there on Friday morning at 10:00 o’clock. Burial will follow in

the Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the family in care of the funeral home.Please visit to sign the Book of Memories. (I love you more.)