Elisabeth “Betty” (Cleaves) Turkevich, 93, died peacefully Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2010, at Quarry Hill Gardens in Camden surrounded by her daughters and close friends.

Betty was born March 12, 1917, in Old Town, a daughter of Carl Schurz Cleaves and Catharene Gould (McCloud) Cleaves. When she was 9, Betty left her beloved Maine when she moved with her parents and four siblings to the Philadelphia area. There she attended Swarthmore High School and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a primary education teaching certificate.

In 1942 she married her brother Bill’s roommate at Dartmouth College, Nicholas Turkevich. The couple settled in the Philadelphia area, and later moved to Pompton Plains, N.J. In 1952 Betty and Nick and their daughters moved to Houston, where they lived until 1961, when the family moved to Barrington, Ill.

After their daughters moved out on their own in the early 1970s, Nick and Betty moved to Amsterdam when Nick accepted a marketing job in Europe. Betty took advantage of this opportunity to learn Dutch and made many new friends. Five years later, Betty and Nick moved to Paris, where Betty took up weaving and delighted in extensive travels throughout Europe with Nick. Throughout the couple’s 13 years in Europe, they hosted numerous visits from family and friends, sharing many of their favorite places and experiences with their visitors.

Upon Nick’s retirement in 1987, they returned to the United States, settling in West Fairlee, Vt., where they enjoyed rural life and many friends. In 2003, Betty and Nick moved to Lincolnville to be near their daughter Julie and were warmly welcomed by the community there.

Throughout her life and travels, Betty maintained a close and loving relationship with her extensive family, always providing gentle guidance and non-judgmental nurturing. Gracious and welcoming, her quick humor and love of life were immediately apparent to all who knew her.

She enjoyed cooking and knitting and delighted in sharing these loves with daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Her remedy for difficult times was to focus on the needs of others, always feeling that she had something to give; she was always right. Betty’s family and friends of all ages were blessed with her grace, kindness and welcoming nature. She is already greatly missed.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Nick; a brother, William Gardner Cleaves; a sister, Florence Cleaves Mulligan; and two daughters, Tatiana and Barbara Turkevich.

She is survived by two daughters, Julianna N. Turkevich and her husband, Alan Berens, of Lincolnville and Elisabeth (“Meeky”) Turkevich Blizzard and her husband, Dave Blizzard, of Beaverton, Ore.; two siblings, James Hill Cleaves of Ridgewood, N.J., and Adelaide Cleaves Haraden of Bozeman, Mont.; five grandchildren, Tanya Leister of Sonoita, Ariz., Jennifer Simmons of Portland, Ore., Jeffrey Blizzard of Los Angeles, Benjamen Wichser of Portland, Ore., and Nicholas Blizzard of Portland, Ore.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Lincolnville United Christian Church Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Ledgelawn Cemetery in Bar Harbor at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lincolnville United Christian Church (P.O. Box 288, Lincolnville Center, ME 04850) or the Maine Audubon Society (20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105).

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.