Once again, we are mourning the loss of one of our pro-life warriors. Betty Maier left us on Sunday, March 6th to join the many of our pro-life community who have gone before her. Betty and her husband, Dave, could be found on Saturday mornings (and other days of the week) praying and offering help to women in front of the Planned Parenthood (formerly the Northeast Women’s Center) on Comly Road.
In the 1980’s when Sister Maryanne Regensburger and I decided to open another (but much needed) maternity home in SE Pennsylvania, I asked Dave and Betty to be part of this new ministry. Without hesitation, they both agreed and were a very large part of our new program, Guiding Star Ministries. With the help of Betty and Dave, we established a Board of Directors, a Mission Statement, and met with Monsignor Charles Devlin, the Vicar for our area of Philadelphia at that time, for his guidance. Monsignor Devlin was very enthusiastic about our mission and paved the way for our Board to meet with the Archdiocese to see about getting an empty convent to use.
After a presentation at St. Jude’s parish in Chalfont, we were directed by Jennette Wynn, Respect Life Committee Co-Ordinator of St. Jude’s, to St. Benedict’s parish in the Germantown area of Philly (where Betty and Dave lived). Father Moore, pastor of St. Benedict’s was excited about this program, and after discussing it with the few nuns who were living there, graciously gave us the convent to begin our ministry. These nuns made arrangements to move to St. Raymond’s convent, a neighboring parish.
Betty was a great inspiration to everyone. She was always there to offer her guidance and support for our program, and to everyone in the pro-life movement. She will be greatly missed not only by her family, but by those of us who worked with her to end the killing of God’s precious little ones. I’m not sure if she was ever recognized for her untiring pro-life work here on earth, but I’m certain in heaven she will be. Rest in peace, Betty, good and faithful servant!
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be send to the following in Betty’s memory: Guiding Star Ministries, 1940 E. Chelten Ave., Phila., PA 19138; Legacy of Life, 25 S. Main St., #217, Yardley, PA 19067 or AlphaCare, 3807 Lancaster Ave., Phila., PA 19104, would be appreciated.
Below is more information on Betty from Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania.
For many years, Betty Maier served as a highly faithful and effective pro-life activist in our area’s pro-life movement. On Sunday, March 6, 2022 Betty died at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital after a prolonged illness. Her husband Dave and some of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gathered around her in prayer and song (Amazing Grace) at the time of her death.Betty Maier (née Walton) grew up in Germantown in St. Francis Parish and became a Registered Nurse through then St. Joseph Hospital. She and Dave married in 1955 and were blessed with seven children, 18 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Because of their Catholic Faith, Dave and Betty became intensely involved in the Philadelphia area pro-life movement through many activities. They engaged in faithful sidewalk counseling prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood abortion chamber on Comly Road and provided tremendous leadership for Guiding Star Ministries Maternity Home at the former St. Benedict Convent in Germantown.