printed 05/10/2019

Snow Hill

Betty Rae Leister Laws, 93, died on April 20, 2019, at her home in Snow Hill, Maryland.

Born in Greenbush, Virginia, she was the daughter of Ruth Klein Leister and the Reverend Guy E. Leister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie R. Laws who died in 2013, her parents and her brother, Klein G. Leister.

She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Godfrey, and her husband, the Rev. George Godfrey, of Seaford Delaware.

Mrs. Laws is also survived by her son, Barry R. Laws of Snow Hill; daughter, Rebecca A. (Becky) Laws; and daughter, Linda Laws Culp (Jim) of Chestertown, Maryland.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jason D. Kratzer of Snow Hill, Jessica Kratzer Phillips (Rick) of Lafayette, California, Melanie Culp Keller (John) of Chestertown and Major Stefanie M. Culp of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel P. and Charles G. Phillips, Lafayette, California, and Lillian Keller, Chestertown, Maryland; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Laws attended Pocomoke City High School, while her father was a minister at Bethany United Methodist Church.

She graduated from Western Maryland College in 1946. She later received a Master’s Degree from Salisbury University.

She taught English at Snow Hill High School for 28 years until her retirement in 1986. She was an active member of Bates Memorial United Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held at Bates UMC at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to: Bates Memorial United Methodist Church, 102 E Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland, or to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21802.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home of Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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