Betty D. Hough

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Betty D. Hough, age 88, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at her home surrounded by her devoted husband and loving family. Born in the Pelletown section of Frankford Township to the late Stanley DeGroat, Sr.and Inez (Pyle) DeGroat, Mrs. Hough graduated from Sussex High School in 1948 and has lived in Sussex County all of her life. She had been a 74-year member of the Frankford Plains United Methodist Church, a member of the Red Hat Society, involved in the Girl Scouts, co-chair of the Home Economics Division at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, and an avid seamstress. Mrs. Hough was one of the founding members of the Sussex Woman’s Club, which was formed 50 years ago in October 1968.

Since Betty never wanted to hold the office of President, she did serve as Second Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Federation Secretary, Telephone Chain Chairman, Membership Chairman, and Treasurer for many years. She was extremely proud of “her” club and its accomplishments and took special interest in the scholarships that the club awarded to High Point Regional High School, Sussex Christian School, and Sussex Vocational School. Mrs. Hough was predeceased by her brother, Stanley DeGroat, Jr. and her great granddaughter, Mikalah Rose Price. She is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years, Fred A. Hough; her sons, Allen Hough of Bouckville, New York and Tom Hough and his wife Susan of Sussex; her daughters, Kathy Price and her husband Lester of Whitney Point, New York, Barbara Bowers of Ewing, Karen Hough and her husband Scott Simpson of Augusta; her brother, Bob DeGroat of New Hampshire; her sister, Helen Martin of Phoenix, Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Frankford Plains United Methodist Church, 99 Plains Road, Augusta. Interment to immediately follow at Frankford Plains Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects to the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank Street (Route 23), Sussex.. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Betty Hough’s memory to Frankford Plains United Methodist Church, 99 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822 or to Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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